عنوان مقاله [English]
The leading article discuses on the report entitled “agricultural meteorology and opportunities ahead” which is recently (August 2019) released by Islamic Parliament Research Center.. The report clarifies that in order to strengthen and safeguard the country’s food security to produce strategic crops, the use of integrated meteorological knowledge and data needs to be of particular importance, which is not so in the least, and there are constraints in human resources, expert level skills, technology and processing capabilities, national monitoring network’s density, discontinuity of observational data, and others. It could be inferred from the report that agricultural meteorology sector needs to take longer steps to keep pace with developments in synoptic meteorology and even climatic studies, which take place in the Institute of Climatology, as one of its institutional tasks. The name of agricultural meteorology itself indicates the necessity of this synergy between the agencies responsible for "meteorology" and "agriculture", which necessitates the establishment of a clear and solid organizational relationship between the IMO and the Ministry of Agricultural Jihad. It is an issue that its operational features and its expected outcomes could be seriously designed and evaluated. It is also important to see the role and contribution of universities' research and training to the necessary human resources foreseen for the future expansion of the field.
Ali Khalili, Editor-in-chief