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Turning climate-related information into added value for traditional MEDiterranean Grape, OLive and Durum wheat food systems



December 2020

Dear Madame or Sir,

We hope you continue doing well. This time, we send you our fifth newsletter, where you will find new updates on the MED-GOLD project. We would like to bring to your attention our recent General Assembly as well as the organisation of a session on agriculture during the climate services event organised by the European Commission and the Climateurope project.

This second half of the year, an important part of our participation in events has been virtual to adapt to the current circumstances. We look forward to resuming our face-to-face interactions soon.

We take this opportunity to wish you merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year, hoping that 2021 will bring a more positive note to our lives.

In the meantime, enjoy the reading!


Finishing the testing of MED-GOLD climate services tools



During the second half of year 2020, we have continued working on the assessment of the usability and acceptance of the MED-GOLD climate services tools among the olive, grape and durum wheat communities.

We have gathered users’ feedback through online testing of the tools and using surveys. A special focus was put in the demonstration of the Olivia platform, the MED-GOLD Dashboard and These climate services tools will be showcased and evaluated with users in further interactions planned for the first half of year 2021.


The MED-GOLD advancements have been recently presented at the session on climate adaptation in agriculture jointly hosted by the MED-GOLD and VISCA projects. The session was part of a full-day event on ‘Climate services for a climate-resilient Europe: Success stories, lessons learnt and remaining challenges’ organised by the European Commission EASME Executive Agency and the Climateurope project.


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Living Lab 2021


After the success of the MED-GOLD Living Lab 2020, a new edition will be organised in 2021. It will be addressed to early career scientists and professionals in the areas of climate science, agriculture, economy, social sciences and communication. Stay tuned for more updates on the project website!

Read the summary of the previous Living Lab»


New video: Use cases on the application of the MED-GOLD Dashboard


This new video illustrates the application of the dashboard through 'use cases' for each of the project target sectors (olive, grape and durum wheat).

Watch the video »


Info sheet: Climate predictions for agriculture


Our sixth info sheet, explaining what climate predictions are, is available online in different languages. Climate predictions for the next months and seasons are different from weather forecasts for the next days. Learn how to interpret them!

Download info sheet »


Promo videos for the MED-GOLD target sectors


The promotional videos available on our YouTube channel will give you a flavour of the work performed in the project to co-develop climate services. Video subtitles are available in different languages.

Watch video for the olive sector »  

Watch video for the grape sector »

Watch video for the durum wheat sector »


Events with MED-GOLD presence

September 24-25, 2020

Smart Agrifood Summit »
Málaga (Spain)

The project champion user for the olive sector, J. López (DCOOP), had an oral presentation entitled ‘Climate services designed for the olive sector through ICT and AI tools in the MED-GOLD project’ in the Agritalks space from the Startup Europe’s Smart Agrifood Summit. This is an industry-leading event for the creation of innovative ecosystems within the European agri-food sector.


October 1, 2020

Master in Applied Biology at Universidad Militar Nueva Granada »
Bogotá (Colombia), online

The project coordinator L. Ponti (ENEA) presented the topic on agriculture and climate change, using the MED-GOLD project as a working example, in an online lecture on ‘Advanced topics in climate change and variability’ from the Master in Applied Biology at Universidad Militar Nueva Granada in Colombia.


October 19-21, 2020

MED-GOLD General Assembly »

The MED-GOLD Consortium held their third annual meeting in an online format owing to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemics. As the project is approaching its last year, the General Assembly was built around three key objectives encompassing: (i) retrospective, (ii) management and (iii) perspectives of the project.


November 17-18, 2020

Terroir Congress »

The project champion users for the grape/wine sector, A. Graça, N. Fontes and M. Teixeira (Sogrape) and the partner M. Sanderson (Met Office), participated in the event and presented a paper on the future probabilities of unprecedented rainfall events over Northern Portugal.


November 19, 2020

4th Climateurope webstival »

The project partners I. Jiménez and M. Terrado (BSC) and the champion user for the grape/wine sector A. Graça (Sogrape) participated in this event, organised with the aim to foster collaboration between climate service providers and users. The MED-GOLD Dashboard was used as an illustrative example of a visualisation of climate data during the interactive workshop on climate services visualisation organised by BSC. The activity ‘Bringing a message in a bottle’ was organised by Sogrape and presented interesting parallels between wine and climate services. The icing on the cake was the musical piece created with data on the use of water in one of the vineyards owned by the Sogrape winery.


November 26-27, 2020

The Future of Wine »

The project partner M. Terrado (BSC) gave an oral presentation at this virtual interactive business conference. She participated in the parallel session ‘Lessons from Spain: How the wine industry can tackle sustainability and climate change’. The conference covered a broad array of sustainability issues for the wine sector, from Covid-19 impacts, to standards, certification, logistics, packaging and social issues.


December 15, 2020

VISCA Project Final Event »

The project coordinator A. Dell’Aquila (ENEA) presented the MED-GOLD Project developments during the VISCA final conference, that brought together high profile speakers and potential users from different fields including agriculture, climate services and commercial partners.



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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 776467
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Image credits: J. López, CASAS-Global PBDMs, Terroir Congress website, Sustainablewine, VISCA project
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