Centre for Landscape and Climate Research exchange knowledge with Chilean environmental scientists

Posted by pt91 at May 13, 2015 02:05 PM |
Researchers from CIREN institute in Santiago visited in March and a delegation from Leicester ventured to Chile in April

Since the beginning of the year, the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research has been involved with a Newton funded project called LURA (land use risk assessment), led by RAL and the Satellite Applications Catapult. The LURA project addresses water resources, pest and disease modelling and climate change with respect to Chilean agriculture and horticulture. The project partners have been working closely with the CIREN institute (Natural Resource Information Centre) in Santiago, Chile.

Scientists from CIREN visited the CLCR in March to find out more about the work being carried out here. In early April, Sarah Johnson and Virginia Nicolas-Perea travelled to Santiago with other members of the LURA project team including the Satellite Applications Catapult, University of Reading and Centre for Hydrology and Ecology to visit CIREN. The visit provided opportunities to present results from the UK based LURA project activities and provided training opportunities for the Chileans to learn approaches to pest and disease modelling and processing satellite imagery. An MOU was also signed between the CIREN and the University of Leicester as a result of this project.

Highlights of the visit included meetings with some of the regional government officials in areas around Santiago and trips to see some of the Chilean vineyards (and sample their fine wines). It is hoped that further collaborative work with Chile will follow on from these activities.

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