Due to strong solar winds the Aurora borealis was recently visible over the western part of the Austrian Alps. We were happy to capture this rare event on one of our webcams, which we installed to monitor the snow cover duration on Mt. Schrankogel. Also visible (in the background) are two groups of starlink satellites.
This week we did our first visit to our experimental sites in Obergurgl after the winter. The reason behind this first field trip is that the farmers are bringing their sheeps to their alpine pastures. Hence, we yearly install our fences in early spring to protect our transplantation sites from grazing. Due to increased snow fall in late winter it was sometimes quite challenging to access our experimental sites but we finally succeeded. Here are some impressions of our first trip this year.
Our team of the University of Vienna spent the last 2 days on a retreat at Drosendorf Castle in Lower Austria. In the wonderful ambience of the snow-covered castle we could fully concentrate on discussing how to specify and parameterize our planned dynamic multi-species models. The models we will use to simulate range shifts of alpine plant species under future climate change scenarios.
The resurvey of 67 GLORIA mountain tops (https://www.gloria.ac.at) has been completed by end of August. Sixteen different teams were working in 17 mountain regions, distributed from Mediterranean to temperate and boreal Europe. The pan-European fieldwork campaign was the fourth surveys of the GLORIA sites established in 2001 and 2002, thus extending the time series of vegetation data to over 20 years.
List of MicroClim GLORIA regions
AT-HSW NE-Alps / Hochschwab
CH-SN1 Central Alps / Swiss National Park – carbonatic
CH-SN2 Central Alps / Swiss National Park – siliceous
CH-VAL W-Alpes / Alps of Valais-Entremont
ES-CPY Central Pyrenees / Ordesa
ES-SNE Sierra Nevada – West
FR-AME SW-Alps / Mercantour
GE-CAK Central Caucasus / Kazbegi region
GR-LEO Lefka Ori, Crete
IT-ADO S-Alps / Dolomites
IT-CAM Central Apennines / Majella
IT-MAV W-Alps / Mont Avic
IT-NAP Northern Apennines
NO-DOV S-Scandes / Dovrefjell
RO-CRO E-Carpathians / Rodnei Mts.
SK-CTA W-Carpathians / High Tatra
UK-CAI Scotland / Cairngorms
GLORIA fieldwork in the region AT-HSW, Hochschwab, in summer 2022
The resurvey of 66 GLORIA mountain tops (https://www.gloria.ac.at) has
started. The first team, operating in the French Mercantour Park has
already successfully finished its campaign.
GLORIA AME research group