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Recorded Webinar: Importance of Modeling for Sustainable Food Systems

Today, technology is transforming the world and impacting every aspect of our lives, including the food we eat and the food our food eats. Producing agricultural products has become more complex because of climate change and other environmental and societal stressors. The agriculture industry is responding by turning to digital tools and other advanced technologies. In this recorded webinar, we are joined by CIBO’s co-founder and scientist, Dr Bruno Basso. Together we dive deep into how climate change is impacting our food systems, the soil, companies, and why he helped to create CIBO to advance the digitization of agriculture.

We’ll cover:

  • Bruno’s background in modeling and as CIBO’s co-founder
  • How the SALUS model has grown and evolved
  • Why modeling is important to the future of sustainability
  • Mechanics of building a crop model

About Bruno Basso 

Bruno Basso is John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor and MSU Foundation Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University.

He is an internationally renowned agroecosystem scientist and crop modeler with interest in long-term sustainability of agricultural systems, digital agriculture, circular bioeconomy. Bruno has pioneered the spatial application of crop models. He holds global patents on AI, remote sensing, and crop model systems to evaluate cropland productivity and environmental sustainability.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Soil Science Society of America (SSSA); American Society of Agronomy (ASA).  He is the recipient of the 2021 Morgan Stanley Sustainability Solution Prize Collaborative; 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award at Michigan State University; 2016 Recipient of the Innovation of the Year Award from Michigan State, L.R. Ahuja Ag Systems Modeling Award

He serves as member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and on the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council of Office of Science of the US Department of Energy He is an advisor to VP Al Gore with matters related to climate and regenerative agriculture.

He published more than 250 scientific papers on agricultural production, environmental sustainability, and climate change.

Additional Resources 

The SALUS Model 

The mechanistic crop and environment model that CIBO uses for simulations is called SALUS (system approach for land use sustainability). SALUS is capable of simulating the performance of various crops at many scales to help farmers decide the best management practice to use on their fields. SALUS is able to simulate the effects of crop rotation, land management strategies, and weather on crop growth and yield, soil organic matter, nitrogen dynamics, and heat balance.

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Unpacking CIBO’s Model Validation Report Process

CIBO is leading the way in proving how soil organic carbon and carbon credit modeling can deliver sustainability tracking at scale and in a new way. Proving confidence in modeled results, over and above experimentally determined results, is vital to engender trust in carbon credits and close the loop on incentivizing and funding carbon sequestrating and carbon credit creating farming practices. Read this eBook for a deep dive into how CIBO verified our model.

Read the eBook 

The Science Behind CIBO 

CIBO is an advanced software platform company that helps enterprises scale their grower-focused initiatives and deliver on their sustainability goals and climate commitments. We achieve the goals of our partners by leveraging our scaled software platform to develop, deploy and manage sustainability programs. We combine advanced, science-based, ecosystem modeling, AI-enhanced computer vision, MRV capabilities, and the most complete program engine to connect growers, enterprises and supply chain ecosystems.

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