Project Details

ClimateHub

ClimateHub

The warmer temperatures experienced over recent decades have contributed to the regional success of novel, high-value crops. Future climate change will create opportunities to grow new crops or to expand existing crops that are currently only grown in small quantities. However, many such crops originate from warmer regions and thus require specific microclimatic conditions in which to grow.

In order to fully realise the potential to grow novel crops, there is a need to identify where such locations will be. The Climatehub is developing and applying state-of-the art high-resolution microclimate and crop models to identify locations that are most climatically conducive to growing a range of novel crops in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

This region particularly suited to growing such crops, because of the rarity of frosts and ongoing transition of the agri-economy towards the production of small-scale, high-value niche products.

To find out more please email Alex Huke at a.r.huke@exeter.ac.uk or call us on 01326 255844.