Successful New Zealand-French scientific project on viticulture adaptation to climate change [fr]
Created on the 1st of January 2019, a five year project led by scientists working at the University of Canterbury and the French CNRS (unit UMR6554LETG) will be developing scenarios for adapting agrosystems, and in particular viticulture, to climate change.
The formal partnership is the second ever “laboratory without walls” launched between New Zealand and France, allowing human and material resources to be pooled and representing a formal recognition of a long-lasting scientific collaboration of excellence.
The project’s full title is “High-resolution scenarios for adapting agrosystems to climate change: application to viticulture”. This international project involves geographers, climatologists, agronomists and wine professionals to develop climate change adaptation scenarios at the vineyard scale.
Possibilities for adaptation to climate change in the medium to long term will be assessed by combining simulations of the future climate at fine scale with vine growth models and cultivation practices of wine growers. This methodology, based on agro-climatic measurement and modelling and developed specifically for viticulture, will be applicable to other agrosystems.
The scenarios will be constructed and applied in French and New Zealand wine-growing regions.
The project, called VinAdapt, involves 4 New Zealand partners and 3 French partners:
- University of Canterbury
- Lincoln University
- Plant and Food Research Blenheim
- New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre
- UMR6554 LETG
- UMR6282 Biogéosciences of CNRS/Dijon
- UMR1287 EGFV of l’INRA/Bordeaux
Peyman Zawar-Reza is an Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury. He is the Head of the Department of Geography and Gateway Antarctica.
He specialises in computational modelling of the atmosphere at local and regional scales. Most of his research involves interaction of weather with mountainous terrain and air pollution dispersion across continents or within urbanised regions.
In the past 10 years he has focused on adapting weather forecasting models for application to biodiversity patterns as observed in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, and understanding the relationship between regional climate and temperature in vineyard regions of New Zealand.
Hervé Quénol is a geographer-climatologist working as a senior scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), in the “Littoral Environment Remote-Sensing Geomatics” (LETG) laboratory located in the city of Rennes.
From 2016 until 2019, Hervé has been working at the University of Canterbury as a visiting researcher. His research focuses on the interactions between climate and anthropic activities, and more specifically in the viticulture sector.
He leads the European Environment-LIFE project called “ADapatation of VIticulture to CLIMatechange: High resolution observations of adaptation scenarii for viticulture” (2014-2019). He is also the contact person for the http://www.adviclim.eu/ website.