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Hyperlocal climate engineering for agro
We understand microclimates
The Climate Box delivers innovative tools to help growers cope with extreme climate variability due to climate change. We focus on the understanding of the hyperlocal temperatures occurring throughout the year at a given orchard/vineyard to propose real time adaptive management measures.
PROBLEMS WE SOLVE
lack/deficit of chill hours due to warmer winters
increased frost damage due to early flowering
decrease of diurnal temperature range at various phenology stages and pre-harvest period due to daily minimum temperatures warming faster than daily maximum temperatures
delayed or shortened growing season
unsuitability of growing in the current area- alternatives for migration
HOW IT WORKS
About our Technology
We compute the hyperlocal temperature map under calm and clear conditions (nights in which microclimates are developed) with our propietary software and deliver a real-time monitoring platform with precise recommendations on passive and active measures (aimed to cool/warm the plants at the microclimates as needed) targeted for distinctive area of the orchard/vineyard.
The real time recommendations are given via a dedicated web platform with monitoring capabilities including geo-referenced maps and a weather forecast module.
We use existing temperatures records at nearby and on-site weather stations, coupled with simulated temperatures with our own fluid dynamic model and a few temperature sensors that are deployed in the field via our partners to obtain a comprehensive description of the hyperlocal climate.
Cold air drainage showing microclimates
at a vineyard in Napa, California
Features & Benefits
The recommendations given via our platform include
management of cold air drainage from outside and within the orchard/vineyard
natural barriers management
crop foliage management
timing of RBA (Rest Breaking Agents) application
timing of other applications
design of location and passive/active measures for new plantings
Rafael Terra - Co-founder
Rafael holds a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA, California. Climate expert with vast experience in agriculture applications
Gabriel Usera - Co-founder
Gabriel holds a PhD from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain. Computational fluid dynamics expert with long experience im modeling agriculture systems
Pedro holds an engineering degree from UDELAR, Uruguay with postgraduate studies in University of Santa Clara, California. +20 years of experience deploying AgriTech in more than 20 countries
We draw from +20 years of experience developing products/services for managing agro microclimates, analyzing frost risk and designing the application of the groundbreaking SIS frost protection system. We have analyzed cases from more than 1000 farms in the US, Europe, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand, Mexico, South America in vineyards, apples, pears, cherries, avocados, pistachios, almonds, nuts, peaches, olives, citrus, berries, grain crops and many more.