This interactive masterclass provided an overview of research conducted by MetaMeta on the microclimate and how this concept can be used to increase local climate change resilience and agricultural productivity by improving local climate conditions. Changes in a landscape change the surrounding microclimate, resulting in a highly variable patchwork of different microclimates. Changes in a landscape can also be made intentionally through land and water management practices. 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. How this microclimatic system works and how this concept of microclimate management can be used as a third way in dealing with climate change next to adaptation and mitigation is elaborated on in the first session of this masterclass. The second session elaborates on all the knobs and buttons available to improve this microclimate regarding land and water management practices. The third session covers the way forward in microclimate management. It includes introducing a prototype assessment tool for agricultural microclimate management and ways to monitor and map the microclimate.
Speakers: Jean Marc Pace (MetaMeta, Program Manager Regenerative Agriculture), Femke van Woesik (MetaMeta, Program Manager Microclimate) & Roula Bachour (Irriwatch, Agronomist & Irrigation specialist)
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