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We hope this newsletter finds you well during this challenging time of COVID-19 pandemic.

Three years ago, we kicked-off VISCA project with the aim of making European wine industries resilient to climate change while minimizing costs and risks through an improvement of vineyards' production management as well as evaluating the replicability of our proposed solutions to other crops.

Since then, we have developed VISCA Decision Support System (DSS) which combines climate, phenology and irrigation services. We have been validating our DSS by real demonstrations in Italy, Portugal and Spain. Also, we have tested agronomic techniques which are also demonstrated as ways for climate change adaptation in vineyards. 

In this newsletter, we are proud to announce the preliminary results along with other important news and publications which are found in the following sections:

We hope that you enjoy reading our news and THANK YOU for being part of VISCA community!

VISCA Consortium


Watch VISCA animated video : Supporting farmers in climate change adaptation 
Meet 'Gloria'! One of our viticulturists who presents how VISCA DSS has supported her decisions based on the forthcoming weather.
Watch the animated video (below)!
(French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles are provided) 

How will climate change affect the viticulture in the coming decades in Europe?
Conclusions from the Decadal Projections Performance Report

Facing climate change and climate variability is one of the main challenges in viticulture. Developing strategic actions to adapt viticulture to the impacts of a warmer climate is one of the main interests of the sector, which has been suffering for changes in the quality and yield.

Decadal projection performance report (D2.5)’ provides a set of regional climate projections at European scale as well as at demosites of the project (Campania region, Mirabella Eclano Estate (Mastroberardino-Italy), Costers del Segre region, Raimat hills (Codorniu- Spain),  Douro Valley, Porto (Symington-Portugal)). These projections would bring an added value for the wine industry to plan long-term adaptation strategies to face climate change and a new climate variability in the coming decades. Further information is available on VISCA website.

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VISCA climate monthly stories: Reporting from the demonstration sites!

In order to collect the validation of the DSS and the agronomic techniques from the demonstration sites, we have launched a series of monthly stories showcasing the predictions of VISCA DSS and actions from the fields. Discover the monthly stories below:

Follow up our monthly stories and predictions of VISCA DSS! We will publish one story per month focusing on one climate event foreseen on our demo site(s) available on VISCA website.

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Second preliminary report between research teams, DSS developers and end-users on a full year application of the CS-DSS

After a year of DSS application, the first impressions of the tool were collected during the 3rd General Meeting and stakeholders' workshop which took place in Barcelona between 9th and 10th December 2019. The report summarizes the comments of the end-users about the DSS usability and the improvements that should be implemented during the this year. Besides, it resumes some of the decision making that can be made based on the different DSS widgets. Download 'Second preliminary report between research teams (WP2), DSS developers and end-users on a full year application of the CS-DSS (D4.8)'.

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Explore the Preliminary Results of VISCA Project!

An important publication has been recently published which is the ‘VISCA Booklet on Preliminary Results’. The booklet gives an overview of the project, a description of the DSS and the integrated climate services, the added value of these services with testimonies from the end-users as well as the preliminary results driven from the demonstration sites in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The booklet also presents an overview of the replicability and the way forward (exploitation). You may download VISCA Booklet here.

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Save the date: VISCA Final Conference, 15 December 2020
VISCA Consortium is pleased to invite you to 'VISCA Final Conference' planned to be held in Barcelona on 15th December 2020. The conference will also be streamed live for those who wish to join virtually.
The aim of the conference is to present VISCA Decision Support System to the attendees, and present the results of the DSS demonstration and how it supports viticulturists in climate change adaptation. The conference will bring other potential users from different fields (agriculture, climate services, commercial partners), to discuss exploitation and replicability opportunities. It will also feature high-profile speakers coming from related fields.
Find the draft agenda for this conference here [link]. Pre-registration is now available, you may fill this form [link] to be included in our attendance list and to receive further information about the conference in the coming months.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in our final conference!

VISCA in few words…

VISCA ‘Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application’ is a research & innovation project cofunded under the Horizon 2020 programme with a total budget of 3.2M euros. The project started officially in May 2017 and it ends in December 2020. VISCA consortium is led by Meteosim and it is composed of 11 members from different fields including 3 end-users (Codorniu, Mastroberardino and Symington).

VISCA provides a Decision Support System (DSS) that integrates climate and agricultural models with farmers’ management specifications in order to design short practices, medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change. It also accounts for two agronomic techniques: crop forcing and shoot trimming, as ways to adapt for climate variability. The project is currently validated by real demonstrations in Italy, Portugal and Spain.


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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.