Preparing for climate change
Crops are very sensitive to small variations in climate. Phenological data (e.g. flowering, breeding) are a useful proxy for detecting climate change. Local people are uniquely placed to observe the change in phenology. However, current observations of phenological phenomena are isolated and disconnected.
This demo-case will establish the systematic collection of phenological data through a mobile app. The citizens that will be involved include hikers, farmers and weather enthusiasts. Land-use maps will be provided to guide them to the best spot for observations.
The data will be linked and compared with meteorological data from the Meteorological Service of Catalonia and with satellite observations. Understanding climate change on local phenological phenomena will help improve local policies and practices, and as such, will increase agricultural productivity, decrease fire risks and save (irrigation) water.
For updates on the Demo Case, visit our news section >
News item on the Demo Case (in Spanish): http://www.diaridegirona.cat/fets-gent/2018/02/14/ametllers-flor-impacient/895925.html.