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Designing countrywide and regional microclimate networks

(2021) GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY. 30(6). p.1168-1174
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Issue Climate change, and its impacts on ecological, agricultural and other societal systems, is most often studied by relying on temperature data derived from countrywide weather-station networks. Yet, these data do not capture microclimates, those arising from soil, vegetation and topography, at spatial scales relevant to the majority of organisms on Earth. We argue that a unified strategy is missing to design regional or countrywide networks to measure microclimates and thus provide ecologically relevant and sound climate data, for instance for modelling biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Evidence Here, we develop an integrative framework to design effective microclimate networks for potential implementation at the country level. With the dawn of novel low-cost sensor technologies and modelling techniques it is time for designing standardized microclimate networks. We make an important step forward in that regard by providing hands-on training to generate an optimal sensor distribution to capture as much microclimate diversity as possible at the regional or country scale. Conclusions By implementing our framework to design countrywide or regional microclimate networks, strategically positioned to capture a representative picture of microclimates available within the focal country or region, governments could lay the foundation for the development of a next generation of modelling and synthesis of landscapes, to serve a range of societal needs now and into the future as climate change accelerates.
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biogeography, climate change, data loggers, location selection, microclimate, microweather, sensors, temperature

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Lembrechts, Jonas J., et al. “Designing Countrywide and Regional Microclimate Networks.” GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 30, no. 6, 2021, pp. 1168–74, doi:10.1111/geb.13290.
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Lembrechts, J. J., Lenoir, J., Scheffers, B., & De Frenne, P. (2021). Designing countrywide and regional microclimate networks. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 30(6), 1168–1174. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13290
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Lembrechts, Jonas J., Jonathan Lenoir, Brett Scheffers, and Pieter De Frenne. 2021. “Designing Countrywide and Regional Microclimate Networks.” GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY 30 (6): 1168–74. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13290.
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Lembrechts, Jonas J., Jonathan Lenoir, Brett Scheffers, and Pieter De Frenne. 2021. “Designing Countrywide and Regional Microclimate Networks.” GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY 30 (6): 1168–1174. doi:10.1111/geb.13290.
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Lembrechts JJ, Lenoir J, Scheffers B, De Frenne P. Designing countrywide and regional microclimate networks. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY. 2021;30(6):1168–74.
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J. J. Lembrechts, J. Lenoir, B. Scheffers, and P. De Frenne, “Designing countrywide and regional microclimate networks,” GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1168–1174, 2021.
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  abstract     = {{Issue Climate change, and its impacts on ecological, agricultural and other societal systems, is most often studied by relying on temperature data derived from countrywide weather-station networks. Yet, these data do not capture microclimates, those arising from soil, vegetation and topography, at spatial scales relevant to the majority of organisms on Earth. We argue that a unified strategy is missing to design regional or countrywide networks to measure microclimates and thus provide ecologically relevant and sound climate data, for instance for modelling biodiversity and ecosystem functions.
Evidence Here, we develop an integrative framework to design effective microclimate networks for potential implementation at the country level. With the dawn of novel low-cost sensor technologies and modelling techniques it is time for designing standardized microclimate networks. We make an important step forward in that regard by providing hands-on training to generate an optimal sensor distribution to capture as much microclimate diversity as possible at the regional or country scale.
Conclusions By implementing our framework to design countrywide or regional microclimate networks, strategically positioned to capture a representative picture of microclimates available within the focal country or region, governments could lay the foundation for the development of a next generation of modelling and synthesis of landscapes, to serve a range of societal needs now and into the future as climate change accelerates.}},
  author       = {{Lembrechts, Jonas J. and Lenoir, Jonathan and Scheffers, Brett and De Frenne, Pieter}},
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  journal      = {{GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY}},
  keywords     = {{biogeography,climate change,data loggers,location selection,microclimate,microweather,sensors,temperature}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{6}},
  pages        = {{1168--1174}},
  title        = {{Designing countrywide and regional microclimate networks}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.13290}},
  volume       = {{30}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}

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