Agriculture is certainly the most weather dependent economic sector, and changes in the climatic patterns are strongly affecting it, in terms of productivity, risk management, and environmental preservation.
It is also true that the current farm practices are producing approximately the 25% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, contributing and further enhancing climate change, retaining a continuous cycle of altering the climate and impacting the food production system.
The STARGATE project aspires to develop a breakthrough, multiscale and holistic climate smart agriculture methodology, capitalizing innovations in the field of microclimate and weather risk management, as well as in the field of landscape design. It will be based on earth observation, weather/climate intelligence and IoT technologies to support a more effective farm management and related options for adaptation on climatic changes, policy formulation leading to better landscape management, protection against climatic risks and implementation related to mitigation on microclimate changes.
STARGATE aims at developing, testing, implementing and showcasing a framework that will improve the resilience of farming systems to variable climatic conditions and extreme weather events, while will deliver scientific sound results to guide policymakers in landscape planning and long-term adaptation of the modern agriculture to climate change.
The kick-off meeting of STARGATE project took place in Thessaloniki on the 24th and 25th of October 2019 and was coordinated by Professor AUTH and Senior Researcher CERTH Dr Dimitrios Moschou. During the meeting, the importance of reaching a common understanding and establishing an action plan for the following months was highlighted. Furthermore, the full work plan was discussed, the lead of tasks was agreed, as well as the management structure and decision-making mechanisms of the consortium.
The STARGATE project will run for 48 months until September 2023 and involves 26 partners from Greece, Czech Republic, Israel, Spain, Latvia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Norway, and Belgium.
Prof. Dimitrios Moshou, email@example.com