Gro's Climate Risk Navigator for Procurement gives users an early read on sourcing conditions and the impact that climate, energy and weather dynamics are having on the crops and sourcing regions that they care about.  Series can be weighted by a crop or crops’ planted area and customized to include asset-specific data. 

The Climate Risk Navigator for Procurement users can also compare historical data for a selected geographic region to assess short and long-term sourcing outlooks.

Customers Use the Tool to

  • Get a quick overview of the climate and weather data available in Gro for a specific region

  • View climate and weather data for any region worldwide, weighted by crop area or your own customizable data series

  • Perform crop-area weighted or location-weighted analysis in a matter of seconds

  • View details about various crops according to growth, climate, weather,and energy conditions

Why It Matters

The Climate Risk Navigator for Procurement allows Gro users to evaluate and compare crop growing conditions anywhere in the world, in real time and on a historical basis, and in situations when a yield forecast model does not exist. 

The application can generate crop-area/location-weighted analyses in a matter of seconds, saving users’ time. Our Climate Risk Navigator for Procurement uses soil moisture, precipitation, temperature, vegetative health, and other weather and long-term climate indicators as inputs.

 

Methodology

The Climate Risk Navigator for Procurement weights climate and weather data using crop area at the district (US county) level as its weighting criteria. This means that when you use the Climate Risk Navigator for Procurement to view climate and weather data for a region (or regions) containing multiple districts, the app calculates a weighted average of each available climate and weather data series, based on the area of the selected crop/s (usually in ha) in each district of the selected region/s. 

 

If a single crop is selected as a weighting criteria, the Climate Risk Navigator for Procurement calculates an arithmetic weighted average for each unit of time (day, month, year, etc...) in that data series using district-level weightings that are based on the crop area in each district of the selected region/s. 

 

When a user selects multiple crops, a preliminary calculation that combines the multiple weights is done before an arithmetic weighted average is calculated. 

 

Users can then combine the weighting series by selecting “Area Weighted Equally” where crops with larger areas matter more or “Crop Weighted Equally” in which the total land area for each crop doesn’t matter but the geographical distribution of each crop still matters.



Related Resources

Gro Navigator for Agriculture

Growing Conditions Application

Gro Drought Index