Yesterday, was the first day in the field after winter break. It was good to get out of the city, drive trough the country side and spend a couple hours outside and far away from my home office.
I stopped at Flåm and it was strange to see the place so empty. Usually this place is swamped with people and cruise ships at this time of the year. Sadly, Flåm and Aurland are the places with the highest unemployment rate in the country. Hopefully, things are getting back to normal soon.
It is very cold at the moment and summer is far away. There is a lot of snow in the mountains that still has to melt. Who know when the field season in the mountains will start.
The turfs I transplanted last summer look happy. The Tomst loggers that measure the microclimate do not. They have all lost their „hats“ (protection from direct sunlight). Probably the snow, but maybe also deer that found something to play with.
The next step will be to get a fence around the plots, to protect them from the goats.
I was supposed to go to a conference next week; the EGU in Vienna. But I am not going to the conference now, as almost no travelling, meetings and going to work is happening at the moment. The conference is still happening, but everything is going to be online.
I made a poster to present the ClimEx Handbook and hope for fruitful discussions during our sessions. Come and visit our session:
Nature has some great articles about dragons, that I came across lately. They are old, and probably well known. But I wanted to list them here anyway.
The first one by Hamilton, May and Waters is a warning that with climate change, the conditions for dragon breeding are rapidly reaching ideal conditions. And they are warning that the „Third Stir“ might take place soon.
The second article I came across is on the ecology of dragons by May. It is about the ecology and origin of dragons and why they might have gone extinct.
Hamilton, A., May, R. & Waters, E. Here be dragons. Nature520, 42–43 (2015) doi:10.1038/520042a.
May, R. M. (1976). The ecology of dragons. Nature, 264(5581), 16.
Do you also love Wes Anderson movies? Today, I learnt that there are Wes Anderson colour palettes for R. So from now on you can colour your ggplots according to Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Isle of Dogs.
I made a overview of the dplyr functions i use most often. The overview is heavily adapted from RStudio Cheat Sheets, and I made it for the students in my Ecology class. Yes, we do use R in a basic ecology class. Here you can download a pdf.
This summer has passed quickly with lot’s of field work setting up the Three-D project. We have selected plots, recorded vegetation and taken soil samples. The weather has been fantastic to do all the work this year (a bit unusual for Western Norway).
This week, we transplanted vegetation turfs from the mountain to lower elevation, which is part of the warmer climate treatment. From each site, we dug out 40 turfs (50 x 50 cm), put them in boxes and transported them 400m down the mountain, where they were put back into the ground. Each turf weighed between 10 – 30 kg and the 80 turfs must have added up to c. 2 tons. Luckily, we did not have to carry the turfs ourselves, we used a helicopter.
The organization of the transplanting has been a logistic nightmare and I am very glad it is done now. The helicopter cannot fly in fog or when there are strong winds. And I needed many helpers to dig out, be in several locations at the same time, coordinate the helicopter, put the turfs back into the soil.
Thanks again Josh, Vincent, Frida and Kevin for your hard work and high spirits! And thanks Kevin for filming, droning and taking nice shots!