Tag Archives: Microclimate

“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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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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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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On the measurement of microclimate

Ecologists nowadays are trying to get closer to measurements of the microclimate that organisms are actually experiencing. Weather stations are great, standardized sources of temperature data at 2 m in the air, yet organisms often relate more strongly to what … Continue reading

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Good family man or sulking teenager: an update on our data network

The data from the lawn network of our citizen science project (CNidT) is transmitted via the Internet of Things. With its 5,000 connected sensors, CNidT is also the largest Internet of Things network in Belgium. Pioneering work, therefore, and that … Continue reading

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Weather station networks, reinvented

We need a different kind of weather station networks to answer most ecological questions. We argue that what we need is countrywide ‘microclimate networks’, that measure weather conditions there where they matter for ecology and nature around us. Where weather … Continue reading

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