The Viticulture Climate Potential Indicator (VCPI): A Potential National Climate Assessment Indicator for the Impact of a Changing Climate on US Viticulture

October 5, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

R. MacCracken, P. Houser, 2013: The Viticulture Climate Potential Indicator (VCPI): A Potential National Climate Assessment Indicator for the Impact of a Changing Climate on US Viticulture. NASA-ROSES-2012 A47: Development and Testing of Potential Indicators For The National Climate Assessment (NNH12ZDA001N-INCA), $108,464, 1 mo (GMU), 1/01/2013 – 12/31/2013, Sponsor POC: Dr. Jack A. Kaye (202/358-2559, Jack.A.Kaye@nasa.gov).

Summary: The goal of this proposed research is to develop a Viticulture Climate Potential Indicator (VCPI), which could be used as a Potential Indicator for the National Climate Assessment (NCA).  The proposed research is highly relevant to the NASA-ROSES A47 solicitation, which requests proposals that will focus on “…best addressing the needs of the NCA indicator vision…”.  Key NCA indicator goals which will be addressed throughout this proposed research focus on providing climate-relevant information, impacts, vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation.  In particular, the VCPI will address the need for agriculture indicators  “interface between climate change and U.S. agriculture”.  According to the Janetos et. al (2012), a suite of agriculture indicators are needed focusing on “how farmers are being impacted by a changing climate and/or are responding to it”. Some of the ideas of potential indicators which came out of this report are Workable Field Days During the Growing Season and Crop Distribution Maps.  Addressing this specific request, the VCPI focuses on the possible increases in length of growing season, thus allowing vineyard managers and winegrape growers to adapt and respond appropriately.

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Dr. Paul R. Houser

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Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).

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