AgroSatAdapt will develop models using remote sensing, ecological, climate, water-based and socioeconomic data for an integrated characterization of a landscape dominated by agro-silvopastoral systems in the Alentejo region of Portugal.
The project will deliver an analytical toolset for use in policy design and decision-making to support sustainable land use while ensuring economic benefits. Among others, the project will identify opportunities for the establishment of self-sustaining production systems and explore possible equilibria states balancing multiple landscape uses and functions such as ecology, climate mitigation, water cycle and social functions.
Three pilot case studies will be developed, including: 1) the territory under the responsibility of the Reguengos de Monsaraz municipality; 2) the farms of Herdade do Esporão and their suppliers (olive groves, vineyards) and 3) the area under the scope of EDIA, a semi-public company which controls water distribution in the production area. For each of the three sub-systems and for the whole target regions optimized land use/production management proposals at long-term (up to 2050) will be delivered, with particular attention to the effects of climate change on productivity, profitability, biodiversity health and water availability.
The project will culminate in the creation of a free GIS-based tool allowing policy-makers and land-owners to analyze and maximise the potential of various land use approaches to deliver sustainability and economic benefits.