Masterclass September 14: Managing the Microclimate – A way to increase climate change resilience and agricultural productivity by improving local climate conditions

Increased climate change threats and ecosystem degradation result in agricultural yield gaps and unpleasant environments. A solution that increases the resilience to this climate change and increases agricultural productivity is Microclimate Management. Microclimates are the localized, dynamic interplays between different processes in the surface layer, such as energy and matter exchange, radiation processes and effects of the underlying surface. These are determined by the specific landscape, soil conditions, vegetation, land use and water retention. These microclimates have a horizontal range of centimeters up to a hundred meters and a vertical range of centimeters up to ten meters from the ground.

Unlike our global climate, which is very challenging to control, the high variability of the microclimate brings the climate back to more manageable levels. This allows humans to improve their immediate environment. Unfortunately, this opportunity is still often overlooked, and microclimates are often unintended by-products of other interventions. However, good microclimate management can even result in a local temperature reduction of 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius. So, when this potential of microclimate management is unleased, it can serve as a third way in dealing with climate change next to adaptation and mitigation.

But how can the microclimates be managed? The answer is by making the right changes in a landscape. Changes in the landscape change the surrounding microclimate. Certain land and water management practices can thus create more conducive microclimates. This requires understanding the microclimatic system and the knobs and buttons available to improve the immediate environment. Therefore MetaMeta, the Centre for Microclimate Management, IrriWatch, Rain, JustDiggit, Green Future Farming and Aidenvironment offer this free online Masterclass to share the effect of certain practices on the microclimatic system and how this can be used to improve the local climate.

Register here for the Masterclass, held on September 14, 2021, between 14:00 and 17:00 CET.  (Registered participants will receive login details by email).

The Masterclass consists of three sessions, spread over the afternoon.

  • Session 1: Introduction to Microclimate Management (14:00 – 14:45 CET)
  • Session 2: Microclimate Management Practices (15:00 – 15:45 CET)
  • Session 3: Towards a Microclimate Management Tool (16:00 – 16:45 CET)

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