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Servizi climatici per le colture mediterranee il progetto MED-GOLD

Servizi climatici per le colture mediterranee il progetto MED-GOLD

The MED-GOLD project will demonstrate the proof-of-concept for climate services in agriculture by developing case studies for three staples of the Mediterranean food system: grape, olive and durum wheat. Agriculture is primarily driven by weather and climate, and future climatic conditions will further increase its vulnerability to crop failure and pest damage. Nowhere in the globe will this have consequences as dramatic as in the Mediterranean Basin — a hot spot of global change where higher than average projected climate change threatens an extremely rich and intertwined biological and cultural diversity, and will increase its vulnerability to natural hazards including biological invasions. The challenge for this region is how to increase the resilience of this complex ecological, economic, and cultural heritage of global relevance in an era of decreasing resources and climate change.
Climate services​, understood as the transformation of climate-related data and other information into customised products (e.g., projections, trends, advice on best practices, and any other climate-related service that may be of use for the society), have the potential to support the transition towards a climate-resilient and low-carbon society. Developing a capacity for climate services that can inform decision-making in agriculture is therefore a priority both in Europe and worldwide, as agriculture is directly affected by climate variability and change. The long-term goal of this project is to make European agriculture and food systems more competitive, resilient, and efficient in the face of climate change.


Luigi Ponti, Sandro Calmanti, Alessandro Dell'Aquila

Research focuses on the analysis of Mediterranean agro-ecosystems and the study of integrated modeling for assessing ongoing global change to develop approaches, methods and tools for sustainable agriculture.
PhD in Agricultural Entomology, Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley on Agroecology/Agroecosystems Analysis, and Marie Curie International Fellow (see blog of GlobalChangeBiology project). He is a fellow of the international non-profit scientific consortium CASAS (Center for the Analysis of Sustainable Agricultural Systems).
Science coordination team member, project MED-GOLD "Turning climate-related information into added value for traditional MEDiterranean Grape, OLive and Durum wheat food systems" (see ENEA news). MED-GOLD is a four-year research and innovation project that is coordinated by ENEA and funded by Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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