Two virtual workshops will be held at the end of the year to present the Med-Gold dashboard to interested parties in the olive sector.
The four-year project, which is funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), aims to provide olive, grape and wheat growers with information to help them develop short, intermediate and long-term strategies to combat climate change, diseases and pests.See Also:Climate Change Transforming Europe’s Agriculture, Report Finds
The dashboard provides users access to unrivaled “climate information at a range of timescales and for bioclimatic indicators developed purposely for the olive and olive oil sector,” the workshop promoters said.
“While lots of data about the weather or seasonal climate are already available, Med-Gold puts together information from multiple sources focusing on short, medium and long periods,” Luigi Ponti, an agronomist and one of the researchers involved in the project, told Olive Oil Times in a February 2021 interview.
“This offers a much clearer view of what is happening in terms of climate change or spreading of pests such as the olive fruit fly,” he added.
The platform’s core function is to transform the enormous quantities of raw climatic data into tools that can be used to support important decision-making strategies.
The topics that will be covered at the workshop include:
“In this workshop, we will showcase the dashboard and discuss the potential usability of the tool in the olive and olive oil sector,” the event’s organizers wrote. “We will also explore the conditions required to upscale and use this tool in other organizations such as yours. Due to its participatory nature, this workshop is aimed at individuals working in the grape and wine sector that currently use climate information in their activities and business.”