Café des Idées - Science in Conversation

In 2020, the Alliance Française “Café Scientifique” becomes “Café des Idées - Science in Conversation” jointly organised with FAST!* and the Embassy of France to offer a convivial meeting platform 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.

 

The new format will include the possibility to connect on line or to come at the premices of Alliance Française in Wellington (free admission). 

 

* France Aotearoa Science Technology and !nnovation

 

 

Next Event:  Friday 13 November 2020 - Adaptation of vineyards to climate change

On 13th of November at 5.30 pm, join the conversation with Anne Escalle and Hervé Quénol about the Adaptation of vineyards to climate change .

You can either come to Alliance Française Wellington or connect with Zoom from the comfort of your own home. Please register (free):

 

Book your ticket on EventBrite

 

and you will receive the link 48 hrs before the talk.

About the topic

Adaptation 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.

Anne Escalle's biography:

 

Anne is the new Estate Director of Rimapere Vineyards Limited, small single estate in Marlborough, producing high end wines for the Compagnie Viticole Edmond de Rothschild, based in Bordeaux.

Between 2007-19, she was the viticulturist of a fully NZ owned vineyard, covering 600 ha, in high density, all in the Waihopai Valley. Growing conditions are extreme in this estate with numerous frosts in spring & autumn and drought in summer. She has been exposed to different techniques of frost protection, water management and some precision viticulture technologies very useful on that that scale of vineyard.

The precedent decade was situated in the South of France, in Languedoc Roussillon, where Anne was supporting hundreds of growers as a viticulturist consultant. She covered a large variety of vineyard terroirs and then climates challenges.

More than 25 years of experience in the wine industry did not erode her passion for wine and for finding the best way to optimize a terroir and magnify it in the bottle

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.

Location:

Alliance Française

Dominion Building Level 3

78 Victoria Street, Wellington

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