TASTING CLIMATE CHANGE:
SUBMISSION TO the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Climate Action
Johnson-Bell has authored a chapter for GOAL 13: Climate Action in the chapter covering Climate Change and Water Management. See Springer link above for recently-published articles. Peer-review pending.
NEW BOOK: BLind Drunk (Summer 2019)
Following the publication of WINE AND CLIMATE CHANGE (Burford Books, 2014), BLIND DRUNK: Are we running out of wine? will focus on the use of irrigation in viticulture, couching it in the context of consumer expectations and with the goal of establishing a new consumer trend: dry farming as the ultimate requirement for true sustainability.
MARKET CONSTRUCTION PROJECT: GCAP
TWACCI's LJ Johnson-Bell consulted as a Viticultural Resilience Expert with the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership on a private-sector market construction project, on behalf of client InterAmerican Development Bank, in Columbia, South Africa and The Philippines ... focusing on the Agriculture an Transport industries. Launched in May 2016.
IRRIGATION / DRY-FARMING-RESEARCH
Researching and preparing conference paper for presentation to the World Conference on Climate Change (October 2016, Valencia, Spain). Working Title: Water into Wine: Irrigation in Viticulture.
GUEST-SPEAKING at the OXFORD ADAPTATION ACADEMY (18 August 2016)
L.J. Johnson-Bell will be presenting "Tasting Climate Change" at the Oxford Adaptation Academy (14-26 August 2016). The 2016 Oxford Adaptation Academy is a continuing professional development course, developed and run by a partnership between the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) and the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP). The course offers you the chance to develop the technical and leadership skills required to be a change maker in practical adaptation methods.
We will also be getting started on ...
EU APPELLATION LAW
Examining ways in which EU appellation law could be changed to still afford protection for geographical designations whilst allowing room for experimentation and necessary adaptation techniques.
VIABILITY OF IRRIGATION
Determining what types of irrigation (and how and when used) in what sort of soils and vareities assist in staving off soil salinity. Will also look at expanding dry-farming in the arid wine regions of the New World.
GIS sourcing of POtential optimal micro-climates
We are joining the search for the next Chablis, Chianti and Chambertin.
REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY TEMPLATES
We will construct region-specific guides on the best sustainability techniques and methods available, whilst encouraging the transmission of information between the regions. The templates would include what is currently being done in each region and what future actions in clone and varietal selection can be taken: constructing an adaptation time-line incorporating the inherent time-line of the wine grape.