Researchers brave the elements to survey Cairngorms' mountain-top plants
The research requires small teams to camp high in the Allt a’Mharcaidh catchment and re-survey vegetation plots previously recorded in 2001 and 2008. The aim is to detect any changes in species assemblage and cover in mountains across the globe, and to determine likely drivers of any change.
Scotland's weather this summer made working for extended periods at high altitude exceptionally difficult, and often tested the endurance of the team, but luckily, as our photo shows, for the last two days the wind dropped and the sun and stars appeared, making the work much more enjoyable.
- More information about GLORIA can be found at http://www.gloria.ac.at/
- Results of the previous GLORIA survey were published in two papers:
- Gottfried, M., et al. (2012). Continent-wide response of mountain vegetation to climate change.Nature Climate Change, 2, 111-115. doi:10.1038/nclimate1329
- Pauli, H., et al. (2012). Recent Plant Diversity Changes on Europe’s Mountain Summits. Science 336 (6079), 353-355. doi:10.1126/science.1219033
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