Frost risk analysis

 In Operational management, Vineyard establishment

A Hampshire vineyard experienced several frost events during 2017 that negatively affected their yield. The owners wanted to know if frost was an historic ‘problem’ in their locality and commissioned a frost risk study to inform their decision about investment in frost protection equipment.

We used a combination of observed and modelled data at high resolution to inform the study. This allowed us to highlight what an average and extreme year looked like for frost frequency.  The model of ground and air temperature also allowed us to consider the year to year changes in frost frequency and identify trends and degree of risk. The data and its analysis were presented in a format that the client wanted and we spent the time needed to talk through our findings with them. We also used the results to help advise them on suitable frost protection strategies.

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