The IPM Decisions Platform
The IPM Decisions Platform aims to provide a “one stop shop” for decisions support in integrated pest management. It will consist of a web-based framework that will provide farmers, advisors and researchers access to a wide range of decision support systems and weather data from across Europe through a set of four dashboards. This platform will provide farmers, advisors and researchers with the ability to assess the reliability and suitability of different decision support systems so they can select those that are most suited to their needs.
Decision Support System Use Dashboard
This dashboard will provide an “at-a-glance” indication of the risk for pest and diseases across whole farm using a traffic light colour scheme.
Farmers and advisors will be able to select crops, pests and diseases of interest using a set of drop down menus. The dashboard will also include the ability to set up email or text alerts for each of the pest and diseases.
Decision Support System Evaluation Dashboard
Having accurate and reliable information about pest and disease risk is essential when planning integrate pest management strategies. This dashboard will allow farmers and advisors to compare the results from a number of different decision support systems for a given pest or disease, so that they can choose the systems that are right for them.
Decisions Support System Adaptation Dashboard
The platform will allow access to decision support systems from across Europe. Many of these decisions support systems will have been developed for specific countries. This dashboard will allow researchers to modify the parameters within the decision support systems to adapt them for use across a wider range of countries. Researcher will be able to compare the outputs before and after modification of the parameters. The dashboard will also allow researcher to download the results for comparison with field data for validation and verification purposes.