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VISCA DSS is out!
Join us during our next workshop on 11th December 2019 in Barcelona
(Registration is now open

Dear reader,
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 [link] which will take place on 11th December 2019 in Barcelona where we will present VISCA DSS, its added value in viticulture and potential use in other agricultural sector. Several Advisory Board members, wine-makers and external guests representing climate and agricultural communities are expected to join the event.

Keep on reading this newsletter to know more and hopefully see you in our next workshop!
VISCA Consortium

Discover VISCA Decision Support System (DSS) and its added values to viticulturists
Integrating climate, phenology and irrigation services in one DSS

The aim of VISCA DSS is to integrate climate services and agricultural models with vines growers’ management specifications in order to decide on short-term practices, to design medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change.
The tool is currently tested and validated in real-life environment at the 3 demonstration sites involved in the project: Spain (Codorniu), Italy (Mastroberardino) and Portugal (Symington).

The main part of VISCA DSS user interface is an integrated dashboard which includes the farm details (location, a map, the parcels and reference dates) and the 3 main layers (phenology, irrigation and weather forecasts) in order to enable farmers to set smart strategies to take on climate change.
 VISCA DSS Dashboard
VISCA DSS 3 main layers

1) Phenology forecast: The phenology forecast represents the date of phenological phases predicted by the model and actual (observed by the farmer). The end-users can obtain details on a phenological phase. Added value: Supply information for making well-founded decisions of specific aspects of crop planning (budburst, harvesting, defoliation, pruning, etc.).
2) Irrigation forecast (water requirements): Irrigation forecasts display both applied irrigation and recommended irrigation for the incoming weeks. Irrigation forecasted is on a weekly basis. Added value: Allowing the farmers (end-users) to plan for the irrigation frequency and amount according to the needs of the plants.

3) Weather forecasts (Short-medium and seasonal): The weather forecasts represent both local weather information. Several details are presented such as global irradiation, humidity, rain, sea level pressure, temperature, wind direction, wind gust speed and wind speed. Weather Forecast layer has three options: short-term forecasts (2 days ahead), mid-term forecasts (10 days ahead) and seasonal-term forecasts (7 months ahead).
Added value:
- Plan and smartly schedule critical in-field farmers activities which are sensitive to the weather variations
- Warning against (short-term) extreme events
- Integrated access to short, medium-term and seasonal weather forecasting optimised for the location of the vineyard

Finally, as part of climate change adaptation, two agronomic techniques are proposed by VISCA: Crop Forcing and Shoot Trimming. These techniques are considered by the models when providing forecasts.

You may read more about VISCA DSS and even watch video tutorials for each layer (widgets) on VISCA website.

Join VISCA Stakeholders Workshop 2019 & Register now!
Date: 11th December 2019
Place: AC Hotel Sants– Gran Forum Meeting Room (Barcelona) & online

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 on other vineyards as well as in olives and cereals. Check the preliminary agenda [link] and register to join us on [link] before December 4th!

We look forward to welcoming you in our workshop, don’t hesitate to transfer this newsletter or send us any inquiries you may have to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
VISCA in few words…

VISCA is an R&I project co-funded under the Horizon 2020 programme with a total budget of 3.20M (2017-2020). VISCA consortium is led by Meteosim and it is composed of 11 members coming from 5 different EU countries and representing different fields including end-users (Codorniu, Mastroberardino and Symington).


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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.