GIS-Based Evaluation of Cardoon (Cynara Cardunculus L. Var. Altilis DC.) Suitability in Apulia Region

G. De Mastro, N. Grassano, L. D'Andrea & A.D. Palumbo
The potential of land for energy crops is determined by an evaluation of biophysical and economical variables. From this respect, climate, soil and geomorphologic environmental components are the most important agro-ecological variables to conduct this kind of evaluation. In this study, Geographic Information System (GIS) has been used to identify the most suitable areas for cardoon crop production in the Apulia region. Environmental components such as climate (precipitation, temperature), soil (chemical and physical characteristics including...