The overall goal of the Species Selection Information System (SSIS) project is to improve agricultural productivity, natural resource management,
and environmental protection using advanced computer technologies.

Gansu Tall Fescue Adaptation map

The project consists of five parts:

  1. climate spatial data layers,
  2. soil spatial data layers,
  3. crop/vegetation species database,
  4. a web-based DSS as the delivery system, and
  5. country and institutional capacity building
    and individual professional development.

Project deliverables include:

  1. State-of-the-science digital maps for climates and soils,
  2. A quantitative database of crop species tolerances for climate and soil factors,
  3. Current state-of-the-knowledge, GIS-based, species suitability maps for example forage species,
  4. A web-based information and decision support system for agriculture, environment, and natural resource management, and
  5. Improved scientific capacity of trained professionals who participated in the project and helped develop the system in various locations around the world.