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Making sense of the vineyard environment


Evans, KJ and Terhorst, A, Making sense of the vineyard environment, 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference 2013, 13-18 July 2013, Sydney, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]


. There is a plethora of information about how to manage grapevines. Extension outputs usually provide general strategies applicable to a grape-growing region. Individual growers need to make sense of this information for their particular vineyard characteristics and conditions, with decision-making based on each grower’s accumulated experience and knowledge. What if this local accumulated experience and knowledge could be complemented with sensed and measured vineyard-specific information? What if it were then possible to link vineyard conditions directly to the Internet to get real-time situation awareness for each vineyard? This would enhance each grower’s specific decision-making. While such information can be obtained from on-site weather stations and other forms of environmental monitoring, these solutions are limited because they are purpose built – measuring one thing. With an increasing number of such systems coming on-line, it becomes difficult to integrate information sources into an easy-to-interpret decision support system. Additionally, multiple systems increase the time and resourcing to individually support and maintain. The Sense-T Program ( is building core infrastructure to facilitate integration of environmental sensor data. This infrastructure will enable interoperability and allow data to be re-used and/or re-purposed for different applications. The infrastructure will ensure that sensor data are properly described so that it can be used with confidence in different analytical tools/ systems. Sensor networks are being established in four Tasmanian vineyards to help build and demonstrate the Sense-T infrastructure and to facilitate development of new applications and regional R&D. The first applications will provide tailored alerts for botrytis and frost risk.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Oenology and viticulture
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Industrial crops
Objective Field:Wine grapes
UTAS Author:Evans, KJ (Associate Professor Katherine Evans)
ID Code:83963
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-04-03
Last Modified:2014-04-16

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