Our research group’s overall aims are (1) to understand how winegrowing regions have shifted across the globe due to climate change, and (2) to develop precision adaptation strategies, especially through shifting varieties, that can help growers produce high-quality wine given continued climate change. Right now we’re working on major improvements to our models, as well as fine-tuning them for British Columbia’s Okanagan winegrowing region. Read on to learn more.

Our New Models

We’re currently working to develop new phenological models specifically targeting vineyards. Our goal is to improve precision and develop models that can be applied to finer spatial scales. 

As we begin this process, our goal is to gather as much phenological data as possible. The areas from which we are able to gather data will determine the success of our models and the areas to which they can best be applied. If your vineyard has phenological data (ideally 5+ years worth) that can be shared, please consider contributing. Details can be found below under “Share Your Data”.

Modeling BC Viticulture

Our modeling development is funded by the B.C. Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI) as part of the Farm Adaptation Innovator Program (FAIP). The B.C. Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative develops tools and resources to enhance agriculture’s ability to adapt to climate change, and the FAIP seeks to build adaptive capacity and facilitate the adoption of effective farm practices with the goal of mitigating climate change related impacts. 

Supported projects include those that:

    • Promote innovation in farm practices, approaches and technologies that support climate change adaptation
    • Demonstrate farm practices that reduce weather related production risks, and identify new production opportunities
    • Develop informational and knowledge sharing resources and support increased sector capacity to support adaptation