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Impacts of Microclimatic Processes on foRest bIodiversity redistributioN under macroclimaTe warming

Sep 2019

Beginning of the IMPRINT project

Funding obtained from the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) for 2019 – 2023




See the stakes of the project: Why is it so important to model microclimate?
See the objectives and methods

Sep 2019
Fév 2020

Intercalibration of HOBO and TMS sensors

From -20°C to +50°C
(using a freezer, two cold chambers, a phytotron, an oven…)



See data collection for more detail about the sensors

Fév 2020
Juin 2020

First field session in the three forests
(Mormal, Blois and Aigoual)

Installing HOBO climatic sensors
Dendrometric surveys
Estimating canopy cover



See study area to learn more about our sampling design
See data collection for more detail about the field protocol

Juin 2020
Juil 2020

Mobilization of the RENECOFOR network

Installation of TMS sensors by ONF agents:
– in the center of deciduous RENECOFOR plots
– in nearby open, fully lighted environments


Juil 2020
Mar 2021

Second field session on the three forests

Floristic and faunistic (ground arthropods) surveys



See data collection to know more about biodiversity survey

Mar 2021
Juil 2021

Télédétection LiDAR

Airborne LiDAR scanning on the three forests
3D Data treatment to obtain fine ground and canopy surface models

Juil 2021

Analyse et retours vers la société

Modelling, using collected data

Communication of results to the scientific community, environment and forestry professionnals, and the general public

Diffusion of all project data in open-access data on http://microclimat.cnrs.fr


Follow recent updates on Twitter @ForMicroclimate :

Nos capteurs @TOMSTloggers ont été installés par les agents @ONF_Officiel sur une 50aine de binômes forêt / zone ouverte à travers le réseau national #RENECOFOR : le suivi permettra d'évaluer l'effet de la #forêt sur le #microclimat !
Pour en savoir plus : https://www.echosciences-hauts-de-france.fr/communautes/doctorants-des-hauts-de-france/articles/la-fraicheur-du-microclimat-forestier-face-aux-impacts-du-changement-climatique

Nice post @EchoSciHDF written by @eva_gril on forest microclimates and why it matters under #CC 📈🌡🌳📉 Also featuring the #IMPRINT project @ForMicroclimate funded by the @AgenceRecherche @CNRS @upjv @CNRS_HdF @INEE_CNRS @Ombelliscience @ONF_Officiel https://bit.ly/35lXgFG

Ending this crazy year with a blog post I wrote "Of Thermophilization Rates & Forest Microclimates" 🌡📈🌳🌱 to share my thoughts on a recent debate about the relevance of #forest #microclimate for forest biodiversity responses to climate change #CC https://bit.ly/3rIOxXL

Forest #microclimate has raised interesting discussions recently thanks to our data that we shared in a very transpatent manner w/ several research teams writing 2 comments on our work ➡️ See links to open acess discussions in @ScienceMagazine @aaas

🗞https://bit.ly/3nbaXOt

I’m excited for my first synthesis to be published after 4 years of work! My coauthors and I found that shallow soil temperatures were higher under tall shrubs and trees around the permafrost region after controlling for air temperature. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abc994.

Edges of #forests 🌳contain more #carbon than interiors, due to edge effects. Across #Europe, this extra carbon stock represents not less than 183 Tg carbon, or the equivalent C-drawdown potential of ~1 million hectare extra forests (1/3 of 🇧🇪)! Now out:
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143497

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Measuring soil pH from samples we collected on our #IMPRINT study sites this summer, in the forests of Blois, Aigoual and Mormal ➡️ pH range from 4,0 to 7,1!
We had help from two MEEF interns, Quentin & Édouard 👨🏻‍🔬 ⚗️ @f_spicher @BorisBrasseur @eva_gril @UMR_EDYSAN

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