Iñaki GARCIA DE CORTAZAR-ATAURI
Research engineer, Inra Avignon
Iñaki Garcia de Cortazar-Atauri is a research engineer, working at Inra since 2011. His work in the Agroclim unit covers several research fields: 1) evaluation of phenological process based models for perennial and annual crops; 2) works on crop modelling using the STICS crop model in particular, and especially to study climate change impacts on grapevine; 3) development of biophysical databases related with the climate; 4) the development of agronomic indicators in order to define strategies to adapt cropping systems to climate change. For the last 15 years Iñaki has worked assessing impacts of climate change on grapevines in France and collaborating in several national (LACCAVE) and international projects (with Harvard and Lincoln Universities) exploring diverse adaptation strategies of this crop. In this context, during the last years he also participated and organized several forums with stakeholders in order to better take into account their perception of recent changes (related to climate) and their adaptation capabilities. Iñaki is participating at several national and international committees exploring this question related to grapevines and other crops and providing his expertise developing models and indicators to measure and quantify these changes. Iñaki is also one of the managers of a national network of observatories observing phenology of all the living kind (plant, animals and microorganisms), the SOERE TEMPO.
Talk on Friday 7th June
> Climate change impacts on grapevine. How to develop future adaptation strategies taking into account producers and stakeholders?
Wine grapes (Vitis vinifera L.), as other perennial species, are especially sensitive to climate change, with potential effects on yield, quality and economic viability. Since grapevine has been cultivated, specific growing regions were established, whose climatic conditions played a decisive role in the development of typical wines from specific varieties and cultural practices. Many reports show that grapevine will be affected by climate change over the world. Moreover, whereas some new regions could become suitable for viticulture, in others hydric comfort or/and too high temperatures would have negative impacts. Ripening would occur under much warmer conditions than today, with major impacts on berry content and its suitability to elaborate the current types of wines.
The objective of this presentation is to present a general overview of the observed and expected impacts and describe which adaptation strategies can be explored to adapt it for the future climatic conditions. The presentation will focus on two current examples of how stakeholders and producers have been involved to define these strategies at local and national (France) level.