VISCA project announces a promising harvest

On 5th - 6th April 2018, a technical meeting of VISCA project took place at BSC premises in Barcelona. The main objective of this meeting was focused on how to operate the platform that will be used in the 3 demo sites in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

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VISCA project 1st General Meeting

VISCA holds its 1st joint General Meeting and Stakeholders Workshop, November 13-15th 2017, Portugal

VISCA Project will provide a Climate Service (CS) and Decision Support System (DSS) that integrate climate, agricultural and end-users specifications in order to design medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change. The project is validated by real demonstrations with end-users on three demo sites in Spain, Italy and Portugal. VISCA started officially in May 2017 for a period of 3 years. It is led by Meteosim and it is composed of 11 members from different fields including end-users (Codorniu, Mastroberardino and Symington).

The 1st General meeting will take place in Symington Family Estates main office, who are part of the consortium, located in Vila Noca de Gaia, Portugal. VISCA partners will present the current status of the project and the achieved milestones during its first 6 months. The occurred and expected risks and challenges as well as the next planned activities for the coming period will be illustrated by each Work package coordinator.

On the following couple of days, VISCA 1st Stakeholder Workshop will gather members from the project advisory board (PAB) of the project and other invited end-users in Quinta do Bomfim, Pinhao, Portugal. During the first day, an introduction of the project, consortium and the PAB members will start-off the workshop. Then, a brainstorming session and a series of questions on how climate change is affecting the different sectors of agriculture including vineyards will be organised. This brainstorming session aims to gather more insights of the needs of the end-users and related stakeholders. The first workshop day will be concluded with a field visit in the Bomfim vistor center.

On the second day of the workshop, participants will have a training session on the primary mock-ups of the VISCA tool and a virtual guide through its main functionalities. Feedback from the participants will be collected to make improvements in the tool.

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Meteosim becomes a CTCN member

Meteosim becomes an active member of the CTCN, an international network of climate experts aimed to help Developing Countries

The Climate Technology Center & Network (CTCN) is part of the UNFCCC's (the international Convention of Climat Change that organizes de annual conferences commonly knowns as COP) and is intended to provide technical assistance in response to requests submitted by developing countries. Upon request of those countries, the CTCN mobilizes its global Network of climate technology experts to design and deliver a customized solution tailored to local needs.

During the last evaluation, Meteosim has been granted the CTCN membership, that means we are an organization expert in relevant climate aspects that are meaningul for responding to developing countries requests.

In the last years, Meteosim has been active promoting climate adaptation and resilience projects in several Latinamerican countries like Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador.

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Meteosim becomes an active member of the CTCN, an international network of climate experts aimed to help Developing Countries

The Climate Technology Center & Network (CTCN) is part of the UNFCCC's (the international Convention of Climat Change that organizes de annual conferences commonly knowns as COP) and is intended to provide technical assistance in response to requests submitted by developing countries. Upon request of those countries, the CTCN mobilizes its global Network of climate technology experts to design and deliver a customized solution tailored to local needs.

During the last evaluation, Meteosim has been granted the CTCN membership, that means we are an organization expert in relevant climate aspects that are meaningul for responding to developing countries requests.

In the last years, Meteosim has been active in several Latinamerican countries like Colombia, Perú, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá and Ecuador.

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VISCA “Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application”

The kick-off meeting of  VISCA took place on May 10th-11th in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Spain.

Climate change is threatening different varieties of agriculture species; the wine-grapes are especially sensitive to subtle differences in micro-climate impacts causing changes in the crops (i.e. decrease of the grape quality and quantity, changes in alcohol, acid, sugar, etc.) which directly affects the European wine industry. VISCA (“Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application”) is a new R&I project co-funded under the Horizon 2020 programme for a period of 3 years. The project has started in May 2017 and it is composed of  members from different fields including end-users (Codorniu, Mastroberardino and Symington). VISCA will provide a Climate Service (CS) and Decision Support System (DSS) that integrates climate, agricultural and end-users´ specifications in order to design medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change. The project will be validated by real demonstrations with end-users, who are included in the consortium, on three demo sites in Spain, Italy and Portugal.

The kick-off meeting of  VISCA took place on May 10th-11th 2017 in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Spain.  During the meeting, partners presented the roadmap of the work packages and project activities throughout the duration of the project (36 months). They also discussed with the end-users their requirements and expectations of the VISCA ClimateApp tool. Furthermore, the technical issues related to the concept were reviewed to meet these requirements. Finally, partners had the chance to visit the Codorníu facilities who hosted the meeting.

VISCA Consortium represents a multi-disciplinary group composed of 11 partners and 5 countries within the European Union forming an ideal and well-matched team. VISCA partners are  Meteosim S.L (Spain) who is also the project coordinator, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) (Spain), CODORNÍU (Spain), Institut de Recerca i Tecnologies Agroalimentaries (IRTA) (Spain), Istituto Superiore Mario Boella Sulle Tecnologie Dell’Informazione Delle Telecomunicazioni (ISMB ) (Italy), Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – Department of Agricultural Sciences (Italy) (UNAP), Azienda Vinicola Michele Mastroberardino Spa –Mastroberardino spa (MBD) (Italy), Symington (Portugal), Universidade do Porto – Faculdade de Ciências (UPORTO) (Portugal), UT SEMIDE (France) and Alpha Consultants (UK).

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Forecasting Wildfires in a Changing Climate

Meteosim presented a poster in the last EGU assembly (April 2017) The poster explains several complementary methodologies implemented by Meteosim in order to estimate fire danger in a generalized fuel type computation, using the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) over Europe. This work has been performed for several timescales: a) For short term forecast from […]

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“VISCA”: Climate Resilience in the Wine Sector

VISCA ("Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application") is a Climate Service (CS) and Decision Support System (DSS) that integrates climate, agricultural and end-users´ specifications in order to design medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change.

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I-REACT: Project Meeting in Barcelona

Barcelona was the venue for a project meeting of members of I-REACT project in November 2016

I-REACT project partners (from 10 different European countries), have met on 24 and 25 November at the premises of the new prevention park of Barcelona's City Council Firefighters, and under the coordination of METEOSIM.

This meeting is part of the project follow-up meetings. This particular one had as objective the revision of the design of the different services and products that are being developed during this project.

METEOSIM, together with FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE (FMI) and EOexplore, is responsible for providing seasonal forecasts, climate projections and fire hazard indexes that will feed the DSS platform for improved flood and fire management.

I-REACT (Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies) is a European project which is co-funded by the European Union under the H2020 programme, which has a budget of 6.5 million euros and which will run for 36 months.

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Climate Resilient Transport Infrastructures

Meteosim's CEO Mr. Oriol de Tera participated in a presentation (BBL) held at the Headquarters of the World Bank in mid November 2016.

The aim of the presentation was to give a general overview of one of the innovative and integrated approaches through the real case developed in Nicaragua “Desarrollo de Capacidad Adaptativa para el Cambio Climatico en el Sector Transporte” - financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

Our presentation was focused in explaining to what degree regional climate change scenarios are important, reinforcing the idea that climate adaptation plans and resilience actions need accurate and local information about climate impacts, and this means to improve the specific local and regional meteorology and climatology understanding.

In that context, the presentation addressed different approaches to generate regional climate scenarios (dynamical downscaling vs. statistical downscaling) including Pros and Cons for each one.

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