A web-based geographic information system application for description of American viticultural areas in Texas

Elvis A. Takow, Edward W. Hellman, Andrew G. Birt, Maria D. Tchakerian, Robert N. Coulson

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Abstract

A geographic information system (GIS) application was developed containing 18 layers of spatially explicit environmental data relevant to characterization of the eight officially recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) for wine grape (Vitis vinifera) production in Texas. GIS climate variables included daily minimum temperature, daily maximum temperature, daily average temperature (TAVG), growing degree days (GDD), ripening period mean temperature (RPMT), annual precipitation, solar radiation, vapor pressure, and number of frost days. Soil attributes were texture, depth, available water capacity, pH, permeability, and bulk density. These data were used to develop interpretative descriptions of Texas AVAs published on the Winegrowing Regions of Texas web site, which also serves as the public portal to the interactive GIS (AVATXIS). Individuals can use AVATXIS to access data and visualize spatial variability on maps to characterize Texas AVAs for any or all of the environmental factors and to examine spatial relationships among factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-172
Number of pages8
JournalHortTechnology
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Climate
  • Grape
  • Soil
  • Spatial analysis

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