Southey, T O
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University
Terraclim is funded by Winetech and is an online spatial decision-support system specifically created for the wine industry. Built on a strong foundation of research and development, it will provide producers with climate and terrain information all the way down to farm and field level. With Terraclim, producers will also be given the necessary tools to allow them to adapt long- and short-term management strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
To date, the Terraclim platform has been established and the pilot phase has been completed for a small area within the Western Cape. Hourly, daily and monthly temperature data is available up to block level and terrain information at different spatial resolutions. The next steps would be to provide this information for the whole of the Western Cape area, to refine the models and to include other parameters such as rainfall and relative humidity.
Another integral part of this project would be to increase the weather station network at strategic points in the Western Cape.
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