In addition to coverage in several newspapers, the ALCH4 project was recently featured by in a TV report by RAI (external link).
We have been attending the Mountains under Watch 2013 conference in Bard (Valle d’Aosta, Italy) 20-22 February 2013. Georg gave a keynote lecture on “Effects of global changes on mountain ecosystems” (watch video (external link) recorded by Greg Greenwood from MRI) and Albin a talk on “As simple as possible, but not simpler than that: An efficient soil water content model for broad ecological applications”.
Georg spent a week in Aosta Valley, Italy, studying CO2 advection at the subalpine grassland site Torgnon together with Marta Galvagno and colleagues from ARPA Valle d’Aosta. The pictures show the study site in the fading light of day and the prominent peak of Matterhorn (Cervino) across the border to Switzerland. The video shows an attempt to visualise nighttime downslope flows using a fog machine (usually used for parties ….).
There is a lot to write news about, so let’s start at the beginning:
- Deposition of terpenes to vegetation – a paradigm shift towards bidirectional VOC exchange?
- Off-season carbon dioxide exchange of a temperate mountain grassland
Stefanie Hörbst and Felix Spielmann did measurements as part of a course at the University of Innsbruck comparing air temperatures in urban and rural environments. They had the opportunity to explain their work to a wider audience during their appearance in the Tirol Heute weather forecast. Here are some pics, and there’s even a video.