A difficult year for forests, fields and meadows

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The warm, dry summer of 2018 has left clear traces in various ecosystems. ETH Zurich researchers have found that if the climate continues to warm up, higher altitudes can also expect negative consequences in the future.

Scientists from the group led by Nina Buchmann, Professor of Grassland Sciences, have used extensive measurement data to show exactly how forests, fields and meadows reacted to the exceptional conditions in 2018.

ETH Zurich News 7 Sept 2020

Reference publication
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 375: 20190521. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0521
Physiological response of Swiss ecosystems to 2018 drought across plant types and elevation.
Mana Gharun; Lukas Hörtnagl; Eugénie Paul-Limoges; Shiva Ghiasi; Iris Feigenwinter; Susanne Burri; Kristiina Marquardt; Sophia Etzold; Roman Zweifel; Werner Eugster;Nina Buchmann 2020