Model framework for the assessment of EU climatic suitability for the establishment of organisms harmful to plants and plant products – CLIMPEST project (SLA/EFSA-JRC/2008/PLH/01)
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In the frame of the SLA a model framework was developed named ClimPest allowing the assessment of EU climatic suitability for the establishment of organisms harmful to plants and plant products and more specifically to estimate the weather suitability for potential infection by the citrus pathogen Guignardia citricarpa (common name Citrus Black Spot - CBS). The model framework Climpest can be re-used for other plant diseases and pests and it contains the following modelling solutions: ClimIndices (calculation of climatic indexes) and Potential Infection Model (calculation of the potential infections of foliar fungal pathogens on plants). The software has access to a remote database containing historical series of daily weather data with Europe spatial coverage on a 25 x 25 grid. Climate change scenarios for 2020 and 2050 are also made available related to the emission scenarios A1B and B1. The software was designed to be extended autonomously by third parties with diverse modelling solutions, other than the ones provided in this first version.