Data flows

Each year, we have a few days in which the data flows in like a tidal wave.

We go to Norway, to our  long-term observation gradients along mountain roads to check out on the temperature sensors we have out there. For the fourth year in a row, we can now add a whole lot of microclimatic data to our growing database, with very limited field effort required.

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One of our mountain roads, within the longterm observational network of MIREN, the Mountain Invasion Research Network

This steady long-term data flow provides great opportunities for add-on projects. We look at leaf traits, root traits, soil conditions, mycorrhizae, bacterial membrane lipids… A whole variety of questions that all build on that beautiful backdrop that is our temperature data.

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Studying plant species and everything related to them along Norwegian mountain roads

All of that brings a great set of data home, and next months will involve a lot of lab- and computerwork to get all of it figured out. Yet with every extra year in this field campaign, we start to know the system a little bit more, and we can put more and more pieces together.

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Close to midnight in northern Norway

And that is what makes this little trip to Norway feel so great: every year, you feel you understand it more and better. Every year, more questions have been answered.

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More questions will be raised as well – of course – but that is for ‘future me’ to deal with in next year’s field campaign.

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