Porto Protocol Climate Talks | Extreme weather events - Response from the vineyards


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24th SEPTEMBER 2020 11pm Lisbon | 3pm California | 12pm Paris
25th SEPTEMBER 2020 7:30am Adelaide

A changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration and timing of extreme weather and climate events (EWE). These are the words of the IPCC. Per se, these EWE do not prove the existence of global warming, but it is a given fact that climate change exaggerates them.
Reality, as we speak, is a reflection of this and of the current climate crisis: a few years ago, South Africa faced a period of severe water shortage in the Western Cape region. In 2017, the exact place where the Douro River is born, Picos de Urbíon, dried up. This year, in Germany, ice wine harvest failed for the first time due to a warm winter. A year ago, Australia was on fire, with an unrepairable and unprecedented loss for its ecosystems, let alone lives and businesses. As we speak, California, Oregon and Washington are being devastated by wildfires that preceded record heatwaves, followed by storms that ignited the fires. In Maryland, tornados were followed by hurricanes and then frost. Again, countless producers are still unsure about whether they will be able to save their harvest from smoke taint, and many have lost their vintage altogether.
Why? What are the causes? What are the impacts? How can we prepare our vineyards, our operation, ourselves, reduce the impacts and minimize the losses?

This Climate Talk will address these questions by gathering producers and scientists from different parts of the world that have experienced these EWE’s. They will share their knowledge, experience, different realities, and above all the ideas and practices implemented to tackle this reality. In a conversation starting with a scientific data approach, we will try to understand how can science help producers to predict, adapt and
decide which are the best options available to deal with ewe, and how can they do this in a very practical manner.

 What is causing these extreme events?
 Which are the main impacts on the wine industry?
 How different adaptation strategies are leading to different resilience results?
 What is the role of the wine industry in the adaptation to EWE and climate change?
 How can science help winegrowers improve their vineyards’ resilience?
 How can nature help winegrowers improve their vineyards’ resilience?
 Are winemakers using cutting-edge data and/or centuries-old wisdom to combat climate change?

 Practical suggestions, solutions, practices to the audience (and to the speakers) on how to build climate resilience in the vineyards.

4 Speakers and 1 Host have a conversation via Zoom, with live streaming on Porto Protocol’s youtube channel. The conversation is opened by the host, starting with a brief introduction to the topic, followed by a conversation with the speakers on this topic. The speakers can also pose a question to the rest of the panel.

NOTE: The debates will remain available on Porto Protocol’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.comPorto Protocol 

- João Santos, Professor at UTAD, will be hosting the debate

- Professor Greg Jones, Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, professor and research climatologist at Linfield College – US.
- Phil Freese – Co-owner and creator of VilaFonté – South Africa and California)
- Alisdair Tulloch Winery Assistant & Carbon Neutral Spokesperson at Keith Tulloch Wine – Australia (representing a new generation and climate voice than the previous speakers)
- Dr. Richard Hamilton, Principal Consultant Viticulturist at Hamilton Viticulture

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