Category Archives: Belgium

“The Czech Republic is a global example for microclimate science”

The soil sensor, the smart sensor that measures heat and drought in 5,000 gardens, parks, nature reserves and fields, was developed by TOMST. A small Czech company, world famous among microclimate scientists and, thanks to the citizen science project CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin, also … Continue reading

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The fingerprint of last weeks’ heavy precipitation on soil moisture in Flemish gardens

Last week, the southeast of Belgium had to cope with extreme precipitation, resulting in hallucinatory images of floodings. These large amounts of precipitation also leave clear traces in the soil moisture measurements of the CurieuzeNeuzen microclimate network. As you can … Continue reading

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Even exotics plants prefer the shade during a heat wave

A warmer climate of origin does not necessarily protect exotic plants from heatwaves like our country has experienced in recent summers, we showed in a recent paper by Charly Géron, PhD candidate in our group. What does? Local microclimates! Our … Continue reading

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How heat makes our cities sweat at night

Beautiful data visualization in newspaper De Standaard today, who show-case the newest conclusions from our citizen science project. Here, I provide a shortened English summary of the longread, but for the full beauty of the visuals, you MUST check out … Continue reading

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Exotic species enter through the city gates

3DLab-member Charly Géron’s second paper recently got featured on http://www.eoswetenschap.eu! Here is an English translation of the story they brought there: —- Plants from warmer regions feel perfectly at home in our cities. From there, they can colonize the countryside. … Continue reading

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The hottest lawns are not always in the city

According to the first results of our citizen science project ‘CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin’, lawns in urban gardens can also be quite cool. This came as a bit of a surprise. [English summary based on today’s discussion of our results … Continue reading

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