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ME&B conference

Preparations are now in full swing for the first ever international microclimate ecology conference, which we’ll host here in Antwerp from the 28th-31st March 2022. The Microclimate Ecology & Biogeography conference is a joint collaboration between the microclimate labs from … Continue reading

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The rhododendron that can be tracked from space

In the alpine tundra of the Changbai Mountains in Northeast China, on the border with North Korea, climate has warmed significantly over the last few decades (at a rate of 0.28 °C/decade, from 1959 to 2017, to be precise). It’s a … Continue reading

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Happy hunting

I spent a happy, sunny, warm autumn Saturday on the farm with my oldest. The goal? Finding back the microclimate sensors we installed there together in early spring, and taking soil samples for soil microbial analysis. And learning about farm … Continue reading

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Much-missed interactions

Oh, finally! Finally, after such a long time: a research visit! I’m spending two very short days in Amiens, visiting the lab of friend and SoilTemp co-founder Jonathan Lenoir, and meeting up with two other partners in SoilTemp-crime while there. … Continue reading

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The first map of the air-conditioning effect of European forests

Press release Forest canopies cool summer temperatures with up to 10°C. An international team of scientists led by researchers from the KU Leuven in Belgium now mapped the temperature of all European forest patches to quantify the airco function of … Continue reading

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The impact of extreme weather on the cultivation of potatoes

Blogpost written by Bart Deronde, and originally published (in a much prettier shape) on the blog of VITO. In spring 2021, the largest citizen science campaign ever on the impact of heat and drought in Flanders’ gardens & fields ‘CurieuzeNeuzen in … Continue reading

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