Early Announcement: International Online Course on Water Harvesting for Microclimate Management

Changes in a landscape, can trigger changes to the microclimate. Farmers planting trees around their fields, communities digging bunds to improve water retention or spreading floodwater, are examples of interventions that change the local climate. Microclimate management is an overlooked route to handle climate extremes in simple and effective ways. When simple practices are wisely applied at scale, the climate on the farm can change, leading to better livelihoods.

The International Online Course of Water Harvesting Lab, edition 2019-2020, will be focusing on “Water Harvesting for Microclimate Management” co-organized with the Centre for Microclimate Management, MetaMeta and the Flood Based Livelihoods Network Foundation.

The course will highlight the possibility of regulating climatic factors, for example soil moisture or air temperatures, in arid and semi-arid areas by applying Water Harvesting measures that aims to store water in soils, thus affecting climate dynamics, such as evapotranspiration and heat and water fluxes.

The course will be organized by the DAGRI Department of University of Florence and hosted on the online MOODLE platform.

Students will interact with lecturers in a dynamic environment, via presentations, webinars and a course forum. The course accounts for 4 ECTS and it is an official Advanced Training Course by University of Florence.

Applications from developing and transitions countries are particularly welcomed, and 10 places will be available free of charge for selected students. Free places for University of Florence Students will be also available.

Deadline for applications is January 15th, 2020

The call for application is available online at: https://www.unifi.it/p11611.html#water

The course modules and calendar are under definition. For having preliminary information, please contact: elena.bresci@unifi.it ; giulio.castelli@unifi.it