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ANICT MSc Fellowship: Influence of temperature changes in wine yields from the Douro region

Susana Barbosa, member of ANICT and researcher at Universidade de Lisboa, was the winner in the “Natural and Exact Sciences” field of the 2012 ANICT Msc Fellowship award. She will supervise the MSc candidate Andreia Ribeiro to pursue her thesis in Geophysical Sciences, at Universidade de Lisboa, in the theme of “Study of the influence of temperature changes in wine yields in the Douro region from statistical downscaling of a numerical weather model”.

ANICT member Susana Barbosa (left) and MSc candidate Andreia Ribeiro right)

More about the MSc project:

Wine production is an activity of high economic and societal relevance. Among other factors, grapevine is highly influenced by air temperature, which significantly affects the grapes composition and therefore the quality of the final wine yield. In a climate change context it is therefore particularly relevant to quantify the effect of changes in temperature in wine yields in order to reduce impacts and implement adaptation measures. This master thesis concerns the analysis of high-resolution (9 km) temperature data from the WRF numerical model and of historical records since the last 30 years of wine yields in the Douro region. The work is based on the application of geostatistical simulation techniques for the statistical downscaling of model data to the local scale, and on the development of nonlinear regression models for the quantification of the relation between air temperature and wine yield in the Douro region.

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One response to “ANICT MSc Fellowship: Influence of temperature changes in wine yields from the Douro region

  1. Vinay July 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Andreia Ribeiro….. I am sure you will achieve the interesting objectives of your study i.e.” Study of the influence of temperature changes in wine yields in the Douro region …………………….” I am confident …because I know the capabilities of your teacher Susana Barbosa. An outstanding researcher. Good luck.

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