Final stretch before the final report!

Final stretch before the final report!

  The time has come to compile the results and publish the final deliverables, finalize dissemination and strengthen networking and team building. The final meeting of the LIFE-ADVICLIM was held on 28 January 2020 at the Department of Agronomy of the University of Pamplona gathering the different action leaders, some researchers involved in the project, some members of the Advisory Board as well as a European Union Commissioner for LIFE projects. Each action leaders presented the corresponding action results to the participants, displaying the work progress before the final report issue. The finish line is nearly reached for some actions while it lies still at more or less distant horizons for others. A massive work was carried out and was gradually disseminated to the stakeholders. Day 2 on 29 January 2020 was dedicated to a networking meeting hosted by the Department for Rural Development and Environment of the government of Navarra in Pamplona.  Various LIFE projects, including ongoing and/or finished projects, conventional or integrated projects related to adaptation of viticulture to climate change were presented. Keeping in mind that the final objective of LIFE projects is research transfer to help policies making, feedback on the various experience was shared between different LIFE projects leaders and researchers involved in various Interreg and LIFE projects carried out in Navarra and Spain. It led in interesting discussions on how the different projects can contribute to policy making at different scales levels and how to encourage winegrowers to be part of the processes of policy making. The day ended with the visit of two wine estates in La Rioja which collaborates with the...
Spatial complexity and temporal dynamics in viticulture: A review of climate-driven scales

Spatial complexity and temporal dynamics in viticulture: A review of climate-driven scales

Viticulture is a complex and dynamic system, where climate is a key environmental component of plant suitability and productivity. From field to farm level, climate also plays a prominent role in ongoing practices, shaping winegrowers’ decision making and adaptive management. With a changing climate, the wine sector faces many environmental and socio-economic challenges, to which winegrowers are required to adapt. Given the perennial nature of grape growing, there is a need to develop strategies that deal with both short- and longterm climate changes, while likewise accounting for contextual vulnerability. The content of this article aims to provide an overview of climate-driven scales, outlining the spatial complexity and temporal dynamics in viticulture. In addressing these aspects, this literature review offers a framework of scale and cross-scale interactions for policymakers and stakeholders to use when considering responses to attenuate climate change and to reduce its impacts on grape and wine production. The article concludes by discussing the local and context-dependent nature of viticulture in a changing global climate, by emphasizing that the question of scale is fundamental to assessing expected impacts, understanding uncertainty and framing sustainable policies and responses over space and in time. Spatial complexity and temporal dynamics in viticulture: A review of climate-driven...
2019: a year of climatic extremes

2019: a year of climatic extremes

The first half of 2019 was marked in France by extreme atmospheric phenomena that could cause major damage in vineyards. In 2019, as part of the Life ADVICLIM and AVVENIR projects, 20 temperature sensors were installed in the wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers. These sensors record the minimum and maximum temperatures according to a time step and have been installed in the vineyard at a height of 1m50 from the ground. The objective is to study the spatial variability of the temperatures according to the local characteristics (ex: altitude, slope, exposure …). Read the article...
Climate modelling at vineyard sale in a climate change context

Climate modelling at vineyard sale in a climate change context

The integration of local climate variability (bioclimatic indices and phenological modelling) into regionalized climate change simulations provides an assessment of the impacts of climate change at the vineyard scale. The knowledge gained using this methodology is the increasing horizontal resolution that better suits the winegrowers concerns.  Overall conclusion highlights the fact that thermal differences within each site are similar to the thermal differences simulated by the climate model between 1986-2005 and 2031-2050 (increase of 200-500 GDD) and between 1986 and 2081-2100 (increase of 500-1000 GDD). Hence, these results give the local winegrowers/stakeholders information necessary to understand the current functioning as well as historical and future viticulture trends at the scale of their site that may facilitate decisions about future strategies. Get more information in the Deliverable “Climate modelling at vineyards scale in a climate change...
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