Jeffery Thompson (MResSci)

Jeffery Thompson (MResSci)

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Project:  Detecting subsidence-induced impacts from longwall coalmining on wine grape (Vitis vinifera) yields: A case study from the Hunter Valley (2007-2009)

Funding Source: Beltana Highwall Mining and University of New England.

Summary:
This thesis examines the impacts associated with active, longwall mining-induced subsidence on the yield of wine grape vines (Vitis vinifera) in vineyards located in the Broke-Fordwich region of the Hunter Valley.  As longwall mining has a distinctive, systematic impact upon surface topography, the question is posed whether or not vine yields are similarly impacted. A series of null hypotheses were developed and tested using precision viticulture data collected at multiple scales. The analysis of vineyard block scale, vineyard scale, and regional scale data was conducted using data acquired over a five-year period.