Air Monitoring

  • Can You Observe Climate Change in Your Garden?

Can You Observe Climate Change in Your Garden?

Oct 06 2016 Read 2032 Times

Climate change has a range of negative effects. To observe the effects, most people look to the ice caps and changes in the weather. But what if you could observe climate change right on your doorstep? Your garden to be precise. Read on to see what climate change is doing to your garden, and if you can do anything to stop it.

What’s happening

The ‘normal’ process is that spring comes and the weather warms up. This causes plants and flowers to grow and begin their cycle of reproduction for another year. They do this because they have evolved to adapt to the weather, only growing when the temperature is right in order to avoid extreme cold.

But when climate change causes weather to warm up, the cycle gets shifted. With warmer temperatures coming earlier, plants are growing sooner than they probably should. The maturity dates of winegrapes in Australia, for instance, were found to be getting earlier in 35 of 44 cases. The advance, on average, was nearly 2 days over 16 years. So it’s not a huge change but over time the process is speeding up.

Problematic

Flowers earlier in the year. Great, right? Not really. Plants growing sooner means they also ripen sooner and possibly too soon. While plants avoid extreme cold temperatures, they also need to avoid the extreme heat. Flowering in the peak of summer makes plants vulnerable to heat damage.

Some plants are dependent on pollination across different varieties too. For this to happen, they have to be growing at a similar time and have overlapping flowering periods. If some plants suddenly start flowering earlier, they won’t pollinate properly and consequently won’t produce their usual fruit.

Stopping it

Unfortunately, you can’t singlehandedly stop climate change. The advice now is to respond and adapt to it. Monitor your plants. Use frost covers, and heat nets to protect them from extreme temperatures. Assist their pollination by planting a range of cross pollinator plants nearby.

Monitoring changes

As we’ve seen, nature can be used to monitor the effects of climate change. But it can also be used to monitor the factors that lead up to climate change, like air pollution. ‘Measuring trace gas emissions in soil: Solving the known unknowns’ is an article that explores the role of soil in measuring emissions. Modern chambers and gas analysis technology means we can now look at the changing content of soil over time. Precise measurements of nitrogen oxide, nitrous oxide, ammonia and methane provide a big boost for this field of research.

Read comments0

Do you like or dislike what you have read? Why not post a comment to tell others / the manufacturer and our Editor what you think. To leave comments please complete the form below. Providing the content is approved, your comment will be on screen in less than 24 hours. Leaving comments on product information and articles can assist with future editorial and article content. Post questions, thoughts or simply whether you like the content.


Digital Edition

International Environmental Technology December 2018

December 2018

In This Edition Business News - Celebrating 50 years of Swiss engineering in Manchester - Taking a closer look at algal blooms - Sonardyne acquires maritime and marine science technology sp...

View all digital editions

Events

National Biodiesel Conference + Expo

Jan 21 2019 San Diego, CA, USA

Abwasser Praxis

Jan 23 2019 Offenburg, Germany

Carrefour des Gestions Locales de L'eau

Jan 30 2019 Rennes, France

InterAqua 2019

Jan 30 2019 Tokyo, Japan

Biogaz Europe 2019

Jan 30 2019 Rennes, France

View all events