Uplands have traditionally been exploited for livestock grazing and timber production. Uplands are also of high conservation and amenity value, and important for water resources and carbon storage. Often, uplands are vulnerable to changes in land-use and climate, and need monitoring.
Our long-term climate change manipulation site is an upland heath. We study the effects of climate change within this typical upland ecosystem. Scientists can explore the link between above and below-ground diversity, and the resistance of communities to climate change. The site is also ideal for researchers investigating soil carbon dynamics, soil hydraulics and the impact of microbial communities on these processes.
We are currently developing the streaming of real-time soil moisture from the climate change manipulation plots. Soil moisture is the amount of water in the soil. It provides the biological moisture pool for plants and soil organisms. Our climate change manipulations change the soil moisture.