Considering the current situation, all cultural events are postponed.
Alliance Française Wellington Café des Idées - Science in Conversation
In 2020, the Alliance Francaise “Café Scientifique” will become “Café des Idées - Science in Conversation” jointly organised with FAST!* and the Embassy of France to offer a convivial meeting place for the exchange of ideas, information and discussion for all those who are interested in French-related science and its broader implications for society and the natural environment (free admission).
* France Aotearoa Science Technology and !nnovation
Adaptations of vineyards to climate change
Most of studies on vine’s climate adaptability under different climate change scenarios show that we can expect major upheavals at global level, with the disappearance of some wine-growing regions by 2100. These studies, based specifically on climate simulation, propose fairly “brutal” methods to adapt to climate change, for instance moving wine-growing regions. Studies on the impact of climate change only cover major global wine regions, however, without taking into account the spatial variability of climate on finer scales. However, a wine’s specific features are also determined by local scale variations (e.g. slope, exposure, type of soil, etc.), and it is at the scale of the plot that winemakers manage their estate and adapt to the climate, notably by agricultural practices (tillage, work on the vine, etc.). The spatial variability of climate at local scale should therefore be taken into account when defining a rational climate change adaptation policy.
Wednesday 25 March
From 5:15PM for a 5:30PM start
39 Abel Smith Street, Wellington
Hervé Quénol's biography:
Hervé Quénol is geographer-climatologist working as senior scientist at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the LETG (Littoral Environment Remote-Sensing Geomatics) laboratory (Rennes, France). Visiting researcher at the "School of Earth and Environment College of Science" of the University of Canterbury. His research group focuses on the interactions between climate and anthropic activities. His research group focuses research on Analyses and modelling of climate at fine scales in the climate change context; Climatology and Viticulture; Urban climatology. He leads the LIFE-ADVICLIM European project (2014-2020) whose theme is "High resolution study of viticultural adaptation and mitigation scenarios". He also established an International Research Project between France and New Zealand called "High-resolution scenarios for adapting agro systems to climate change: application to viticulture (IRP-VinAdapt)" (2019-2024). He has managed approx. 15 research projects and has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications.