Organised by the project coordinator, METEOSIM, VISCA project held its 3rd General meeting on 9th-10th December 2019 followed by the Stakeholders Workshop on 11th December 2019 in Barcelona.
During the 3rd general meeting, the partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved milestones during the previous 32 months. They presented the preliminary results of the demonstration of VISCA DSS in the 3 demo sites with the end-users: Codorniu in Spain, Mastroberardino in Italy and Symington in Portugal as well as the first results from the applied agronomic techniques: crop forcing and shoot trimming. The consortium agreed to focus on continuing the validation of the information provided by the DSS during the next harvesting season as well as to focus on exploitation, replicability and dissemination activities.
On 26 to 28 November 2019, SITEVI, an international equipment and expertise exhibition for the vine-wine, olive, fruit-vegetable productions, took place in Montpellier, France attracting thousands of agricultural and wine-making stakeholders. VISCA project had a dedicated stand at the event in the 'start-up village' where hundreds visited the stand and learned about the project and the proposed solutions, mainly VISCA DSS. Many visitors showed interest in weather-related services and had several discussions on climate change adaptation in vineyards and replicability in other sectors.
For more information, check the official website of the event.
The second issue of VISCA Newsletter is very special as it presents our Decision Support System which combines climate, phenology and irrigation services with several added values aiming to support viticulturists in climate change adaptation and daily operation. We’ve also launched the registration call to join our next workshop which will take place on 11th December 2019 in Barcelona.
The 3rd VISCA Stakeholders workshop will take place on 11th December 2019 in Barcelona. The event will present VISCA DSS where participants will get a free access to the tool. The event will host interesting exchanges and roundtables with the VISCA partners, Advisory Board members and external guests about the status-quo of climate services in the agriculture sector and the replicability opportunities in other vineyards as well as in olives and cereals. Check the agenda [link] and REGISTER to join us [link] either in Barcelona or online latest by December 5th at noon!
On November 12th 2019, our partners made a presentation about VISCA DSS where practical information from the project was shared with vineyards growers of Raimat and Agropixel. Interesting exchanges were made with the participants and the feedback was gathered as inputs for exploitation activities.
The aim of VISCA DSS is to integrate climate and agricultural models with farmers’ management specifications in order to design short practices, medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change.
The XI International Workshop on Sap Flow took place in Hyytiälä, Finland from 8th - 11th October 2019.The workshop addressed topics concerning plant - water relations and their measurement and was centred on plant water transport. VISCA project was presented in the workshop, precisely, on the topic of 'Estimating transpiration coefficients of grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) "Tempranillo" subjected to delayed pruning' by IRTA. The poster of the event can be downloaded from here.