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VISCA publishes 3 reports: seasonal forecasts quality assessment, weather forecast extreme events & performance of phenological model

In VISCA, we have recently published three reports. The first 'seasonal forecasts quality assessment report (D2.1)' assesses the quality of two seasonal forecast systems (European Centre for Middlerange Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) System 4 and SEAS5), two bias correction approaches (calibration and simple bias correction) and a downscaling strategy (calibration). The results obtained show that there is some degree of predictability in the three demo-sites in different variables that can provide value beyond the customary use of climatology. Moreover, the verification / bias-correction / downscaling workflow developed in this task provides the basics of all future refinements that we will conduct during the remaining two years of the project, e. g. through the exploration of new seasonal prediction systems and/or downscaling techniques.

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VISCA at the EU AgriResearch Conference

On 2nd-3rd May 2018, the EU AgriResearch Conference took place in Brussels targeting scientists, farmers, rural communities, industry, advisors, policy-makers, citizens and NGO representatives who wish to learn about EU agriculture and rural R&I activities and achievements and have their say on how to shape the future of agriculture R&I after 2020. The conference was also a great occasion to network with around 500 peers.

During the conference, different topics about the H2020 program and priorities in the agriculture sector were presented including presentations about EU-funded projects.  The implementation of the strategic approach to EU agricultural R&I and present its first achievements on knowledge produced, linkages established between EU policies or new avenues opened in terms of implementation approaches were discussed.

Few farmers also participated in the event and some discussions on how to better involve them took place concluding that the language and the timing of harvest season should always be taken into consideration.

VISCA project was disseminated during the event by SEMIDE. Exchanges and contacts were gathered in order to make collaborations in the replicability and synergies foreseen in the project.

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Wine production in the Pyrenees and hungry caribous and why it matters

Have a Pint of Science!

Isadora and Dragana from Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) will talk about new trends in climate change adaptation and innovation. The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science and research in an accessible format to the public, mainly across bars and pubs.

Isadora will talk about how and why forecasting the weather is important. The current trend of wine production in the Pyrenees, as a consequence of global warming, is only one of the examples Isa will use to demonstrate how to adapt to climate change and the full potential of computer modelling in tackling the challenges of tomorrow’s life on Earth.

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VISCA Questionnaire: Identifying Stakeholders Needs for Climate Change Adaptation in the Agro-food Industry

During the 1st Stakeholders Workshop of VISCA projecta questionnaire was created in order to establish an overview of the current adaptation strategies adopted by the different agricultural sectors against climatic changes as well as to gather the users’ requirements and expectations from VISCA tool.  The questionnaire was answered by 11 different organisations representing agricultural and climate services communities from the private organisations as well as research centres and professional public institutions. The geographical area of influence of the participating organisations was mostly in Europe, but it also included other regions such as South America, North America, Africa, the Mediterranean basin and Vietnam which gave a global view to VISCA questionnaire.

 

Figure 1 Respondents profiles - VISCA Questionnaire

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VISCA at the Global Innovation Camp!

VISCA was selected among the winners in the International Call for Solutions on innovation in the agrifood sector: Global Innovation Camp and  Made in Puglia Conference.

The call selected 10 ideas or projects – including VISCA - gathered in Bari & Foggia (Italy) from 7th to 10th May 2018. The winners had several training sessions and they will have the access to an acceleration or incubation process for the duration of 3 months in the selected partners’ organisations.  For more information, check the official website: link.

 

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VISCA Technical Meeting 2018

On 5th - 6th April 2018, a technical meeting of VISCA project took place at BSC premises in Barcelona. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the status of the different Work Packages, to make training sessions for the partners on how to upload and retrieve data onto the platform, and to define the risks encountered in order to settle up mitigation/contingency actions for the demonstration seasons in the 3 demo sites in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

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VISCA project is leading “Common Dissemination Booster” services for Agro-food projects

Conjointly with other 3 projects (WEAM4i, OpIRIS and LIFE IRRIMAN), VISCA project has been selected for the Common Dissemination Booster services.

Common Dissemination Booster

The Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) is a brandnew service from the European Commission available to all, ongoing or closed, European, National, Regional funded Research & Innovation (R&I) projects (H2020, FP7 or other). Applying was possible until 31/11/2017.

The booster encourages projects to come together to identify a common portfolio of results and shows them how best to disseminate to end-users, with an eye on exploitation opportunities.

Ago-food CDB

The participating projects have a common goal which is to provide innovative solutions (i.g. Decision support system and/or climate services) to improve the efficiency of the agro-food sector in Europe while limiting its impact on natural resources (water) and the use of energy.

The main end-users of this group of projects are: farmers, Irrigators associations association from different sectors including: wine-grapes, olives, rice, cereal, fruit trees, vegetables, etc.

In this booster, there are one active project (VISCA) and three finished projects (WEAM4i, OpIRIS and LIFE IRRIMAN) with promising results which are going to be boosted through this service.

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Upcoming Technical Meeting of VISCA Project

Organised by the project coordinator METEOSIM (MET) and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), VISCA project consortium will hold a technical meeting on 5th-6th April 2018 at BSC premises to discuss the progress of the project and its planned activities for the coming months especially the actions related to the integration of models into the platform.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730253.