Tag Archives: Climate

When does your elderberry bloom?

Have you ever noticed that trees seem to green up earlier in cities than in the countryside? If yes, it is not just a feeling. Urban areas have higher temperatures earlier during the spring. Moreover, it is already known that … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What microclimate sensor to use?

I often get the question what microclimate sensor I would recommend. To facilitate my answer to that, I decided to summarize my ideas on the matter here. Note that this is a far from exhaustive musing on the different factors … Continue reading

Posted in Science | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Citizen science – part 2

This week, we are kicking off season two of our citizen science campaign! 3000 die-hard participants (from the 4400 we had last year), will again install a garden dagger in their garden to monitor extreme weather events across summer. So … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Global maps of soil temperature

In a new paper just published in Global Change Biology, we provide the first-ever global maps of soil temperature (0 -15 cm) at a 1 km² resolution, based on the global SoilTemp database of over 8500 in-situ soil temperature time … Continue reading

Posted in Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

What if the next rain bomb falls over Flanders?

Between 13 and 15 July 2021, exceptional amounts of rain fell over the south and east of Belgium. 39 people lost their lives, more than 38,000 homes were affected, and damage to homes and infrastructure amounts to 4 billion euros. … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Climate-resilient cities

I find it of paramount importance that students learn how to communicate their research. Summarizing their ideas and findings for a broad audience challenges them to keep the ‘why’ in mind for their research, and reminds them they are part … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment