My role

I have taken part in the proposal design, preparation and writing. I was then part of the ENEA coordination team. Official Website

Project description

MED-GOLD is a four-year research and innovation project funded by Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The project is led by ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), and the project partnership includes Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain), Barilla (Italy), BeeToBit (Italy), National research Council (Italy), DCOOP (Spain), GMV Aerospace (Spain), Horta (Italy), Joint Research Center (European Commission), Met Office (UK), National Observatory of Athens (Greece), Sogrape Vinhos (Portugal), Universidad Militar Nueva Granada (Colombia), University of Leeds (United Kingdom), University of Thessaly (Greece). The kick-off of the project was held at Eataly Rome on 11 and 12 December 2017.

The MED-GOLD project will demonstrate the proof-of-concept for climate services in agriculture by developing case studies for three staples of the Mediterranean food system: grape, olive and durum wheat. Agriculture is primarily driven by weather and climate, and future climatic conditions will further increase its vulnerability to crop failure and pest damage. Nowhere in the globe will this have consequences as dramatic as in the Mediterranean Basin — a hot spot of global change where higher than average projected climate change threatens an extremely rich and intertwined biological and cultural diversity, and will increase its vulnerability to natural hazards including biological invasions. The challenge for this region is how to increase the resilience of this complex ecological, economic, and cultural heritage of global relevance in an era of decreasing resources and climate change.