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Welcome to EnviroChange

Global change and sustainable
management of agriculture
in highly development
mountain environment

Overview of the project

Given that climate change and market globalization have a relevant impact on environment and agriculture, and that agriculture plays an important role on Trentino’s socio-economy, the project is composed by the following parts:

  1. The development of the most suitable tool for the assessment of climate change impact on crop quality, plant protection and farm economy at the regional scale, specifically the development of a combined innovative EM/GIS/RS tool to provide science with an extremely versatile and powerful instrument to evaluate complex interactions and Trentino governmental agencies with the scientific basis for developing policy required to adapt to climate change.
  2. The evaluation of crops, areas and farms that may be affected by climatic and global changes and if sustainability of crop production in Trentino will be "of concern".
  3. The estimation of current vulnerability, to provide scenarios for the short term (up to 25 years) and to propose adaptation strategies.
  4. The formulation of adaptation strategies taking into account the impact of climate change at the multitrophic level, the availability of existing tools and the development of innovative approaches based on the proposed scenarios.
  5. The evaluation of economic consequences of the most likely factor to be affected in the short term by climate change (i.e. plant quality, pest and diseases and land use change) at the farm level and at the local system level.
  6. The evaluation of the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the proposed strategies.
  7. The identification of a set of policy instruments necessary to support the choice of the most sustainable strategies and the evaluation of social acceptability of these instruments. The output will therefore be the estimation of the magnitude of the climatic change impact on quality, pest and diseases, their effect on the environment and sustainable agriculture in Trentino, the exploration of tools and decisions that can be taken for the adaptation and consequent policies, the further development of exiting low impact tools to cope with effects of climatic change, the impact of strategies that can be applied at a socio-economical level considering a multi-risk evaluation, but also tools for impact assessment, sustainable development indicators and interplay between social, economic and ecological systems.
  8. Last but not least the project aims to integrate existing expertise present in Trentino, to obtain a synergistic effect in a previously unexplored field of knowledge with dramatically increasing importance.

Activities

Activity One

Assessing the effects of climate change in Trentino agro-ecosystems: the ENVIRO tool

Activity Two

Assessment of biophysical impacts of climate change on quality and production of crops of Trentino

Activity Three

Assessment of biophysical impacts of climate change at multitrophic level on crops

Activity Four

Development of highly innovative tools for adaptation in crop management to the forecasted/expected changes

Activity Five

Assessment of socio-economic impacts of the most probable scenarios and evaluation of adaptation strategies that can be taken

Publications

Recent papers and materials

Videos

Demo and examples of EnviroChange dashboard

EnviroChange full DEMO

Confronting the phenology Chardonnay in past and climate change scenarios

Data and Map catalog

EnviroChange interface

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Get our EnviroChange data

Source code used in the project EnviroChange.

Spatialized 200 m (Uboldi et al., 2008) daily temperatures for Trentino and simulation series per weather station.

Dataset generated with the phenology model FENOVITS in the Trentino province, Italy. For further information Alikadic et al., 2019

The Team

Fondazione Edmund Mach, Ilaria Pertot (coordinator)
Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Cesare Furlanello (PI), Riccardo De Filippi, Claudia Dolci, Giuseppe Jurman, Shamar Droghetti, Calogero Zarbo, Vanni Tomasi, Marco Chierici, Marco Roncador, Luca Colleoni, Gabriele Franch, Matteo Poletti, Adriano Ciaghi, Roberto Bampi, Paolo Toldo, Andrea Gobbi, Azra Alikadic, Ernesto Arbitrio
Università degli studi di Trento, Roberta Raffaelli (partner)
Agricultural Research Organization The Volcani Center, Yigal Elad (partner)
ETHZ, Swiss federal Institute of Technology, Cesare Gessler (partner)