Tag Archives: Microclimate

A story of hotspots and stepping stones

Predicting the faith of exotic plant species in cold-climate mountains: our new paper is out now in early view! You can find it here. Abisko, a small village north of the polar circle in Swedish Lapland. The origin of several … Continue reading

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Micro moisture

For a long time, I have been arguing that we should focus on the micro-environment to understand where plants live, and where they will be going in a future with a changing climate. Studying the micro-environment experienced by plants however creates … Continue reading

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Microclimate!

It is that time of the year again: when the weather nicely reveals the effect of microclimate on the landscape. If the world gets covered in a thin layer of snow, we can quickly see which spots are colder than … Continue reading

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A small-scale dilemma

New paper published: Lembrechts, Milbau and Nijs (2015) AoB Plants. Disturbance is important in ecology. It disrupts the status quo, improves the diversity, adds to the possibilities. It creates opportunities and disables others. As such, it is a driver of … Continue reading

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A touch of colour

I do not often get the opportunity to see the effects of topography on microclimate as clearly as this time (only here!). I am studying its nature and impact on the vegetation, but knowledge on the microclimate is mostly based on measurements, as it … Continue reading

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The blanket removed

Earlier, I was so positive about the effects of snow on my little plants trying to survive the colds of winter. How the white blanket would protect them against the unbearable frost outside. The benefits from this free winter protection however seem … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

The holidays are upon us! My merry microclimate measurement machinery has already gone into party-mode, ready to celebrate the darkest part of the year. These microclimatic party-animals are however determined to ignore the grey weather and let the temperatures run high during the holidays! For … Continue reading

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