The project is concerned with the drought problem over Thessaly and the development of an integrated methodology for its abatement. Thessaly is known to be a vital agricultural area in Greece and certainly its productivity and well being is based to a great extent on the meteorology and thus climate. The project aims at investigating the application of a weather modification project that will contribute to the optimization of productive rainfall in the area, thus facilitating the increase and quality of local agricultural production. The benefit for the local and national economy is clear. The project results will be disseminated to different local authorities so that they can also benefit from the gained knowledge over the area of Thessaly.
The societal concerns of the application of the project DAPHNE are also important since it will help the agricultural collectives to maximize their production and thus their profit. Good quality and sufficient agricultural production is directly related not only to a huge financial benefit but also to the collective well fare and further development. The dissemination of the project results which is envisaged, will also promote public awareness on the impacts of the weather modification project on the public and the responsible authorities related either to the agriculture or the environment.
The project has direct impacts on the environment and specifically on the abatement of drought over Thessaly. Investigation of weather modification techniques and their potential to enhance productive rainfall has important environmental benefits, besides the social and economic. Anthropogenic climate change is expected to further deteriorate the problem of water shortage, posing a serious threat in agricultural activities. It appears, thus, a necessity to investigate the potential impact of climate change on water shortage, in order to suggest effective ways of tackling the problem of drought in Thessaly. Establishing such a methodology for a specific geographic area, allows easily its readjustment in any other region, based on the tools and the existing expertise. This appears to be a necessary step for strategical planning of national authorities towards a sustainable development. The environmental concern of the dispersion of seeding material on soil and water is treated separately in the proposed project and assessed thoroughly, by applying advanced chemical techniques.