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ADAGIO - Adaptation of Agriculture in European Regions at Environmental Risk under Climate Change

Project Leader
Eitzinger Josef, Project Leader
TP6 - Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems (FP6)
EU-Project Instruments
Specific Support Action (SSA)
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
August Cieszkowski Agriculture University of Poznan, Agrometeorology Department, Poznan, Poland.
Contact person: J. Olejnik;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Central Laboratory for Agricultural Climate, Kairo, Egypt.
Contact person: M. Medany;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Fundatia pentru Tehnologia Informatiei Aplicata in Mediu, Agricultura si Schimbari Globale, Bukarest, Romania.
Contact person: c. Simota;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Institute of Environmental Research and Sustainable Development , Athen, Greece.
Contact person: D. Anastasiou;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Instituto Sperimentale Agronomico, Bari, Italy.
Contact person: D. Ventrella;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León, Ctra. Brugos km 119, ES-47071 Valladolid, Spain.
Contact person: Dr. Angel Utset Suástegui;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Mendel Univ. of Agriculture and Forestry, Institute of landscape ecology, Brno, Czech Republic.
Contact person: M. Trnka;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Tzarigradsko Chaussee Bulvd. 66, 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria.
Contact person: Vesselin Alexandrov;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
State Hydrological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Contact person: N. Lemeshko;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Novi Sad, Center for Meteorology and Environmental Predictions, Faculty of Science, Serbia.
Contact person: D. Michalovic;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
ADAGIO will evaluate and disseminate potential adaptation measures to climatic change in agriculture, considering 3 main vulnerable regions of Europe (South Europe and Mediterrranean Area, Middle Europe and Eastern Europe) in cooperation with 11 Partners (Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Italy, Russia, Egypt, Romania). Compared to the manyfold potential impacts of climate change on agroecosystems, potential adaptation measures are even more complex because of the high number of options available through the human factor. New policies must therefore be adopted under climate change conditions considering all potential and realistic adaptation measures especially on the regional and farm level to secure sustainability of agricultural crop production. Despite of the recognised relevance of climate risk assessments for agroecosystems, they have been not noticeable applied for supporting adaptation within agricultural decision-making within Europe, neither worldwide, because of its uncertainty and lack of knowledge by decision-makers. On the other hand, the European research funds concerning agricultural climate-change impact assessments have been addressed mainly to theoretical issues rather than to research-results applications. According to the above statement, a new SSA is proposed in order to analyse and evaluate potential and actual adaptation measures in agriculture for different climatic and agroecosystem regions under risk in Europe. The various questions as formulated under Task 18 of this SSP call will be investigated at the scientific level as well as at the farm level by the partners in selected vulnerable regions. The SSA will consider not only future scenarios and results based on modelling tools, but also already visible (or known) ongoing changes and adaptation measures for a better and realistic assessment of potential future adaptation measures at the regional level. Furthermore, probably changes in the European policies as the CAP or the WFD will be taken in account as well, since final decisions of farmers would be based on several issues additionally to climate risks. The SSA should establish a continuous interacting information and discussion network, connecting the research level with decision makers and support a holistic approach to solve the related problems.
climatology; meteorology; agronomy; irrigation; cereal production, cereals; crop husbandry; agricultural ecology; irrigation;
Adaptation; Global Change adaptation(Climate change); Climate Change; Agricultur;
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