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.
This week, I was in the field to train two students and find potential new field sites. The training was successfully done in decent weather, a mix of sun and clouds. But when we started to walk up the mountain, the snow came. It was snowing and hailing and raining, all in one.
We found a beautiful summer farm, where I will have one of my field sites. It even has a letter box, where hikers can write their names when walking up the mountain.
I’ll have to come back to select the sites properly, set up plots. And then I will spend a lot of time staring at the plants. Looking forward to this!