FShip Water 1
South African Grape and Wine Research Institute, Department of Viticulture and Oenology, Stellenbosch University
Due to the complexity of future climatic scenarios, it is critical for developing the next generation of integrated technologies and vineyard systems to improve water management and maintain the international competitiveness of the SA wine industry. The main objective of this sub-project is to implement a research site where multiple technologies will be integrated and tested for monitoring the most significant components of the soil-vine-atmosphere continuum (Integrated Vineyard Monitoring System – IVMS).
IVMS is an essential part of the broader research programme that will focus on water management to ensure sustainable, profitable and quality products in the context of the potential impacts of climate change.
Climate change is complex and the development of integrated technology to acquire relevant real time data, is crucial to better understand the effect of climate change on grapevines. This information is also needed to optimise the management of the grapevine’s
changing water requirements.
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