Within the POCTEFA FLORAPYR project, researchers of the University of Barcelona have coordinated the installation of passive heating devices known as Open Top Chambers (OTC) during the summer of 2017. These devices produce a slight temperature increase, which makes predictions possible on the short-medium term concerning the vegetation under study, in the context of current climate change.
Last Tuesday, June 19, a working meeting among the Representatives of the Climate Change Observatory (OPCC) took place to discuss about the Observatory's strategy and its horizontal coordination with the forthcoming Pyrenean Strategy of the Pyrenees Working Community (EPI).
The snow cover in the Pyrenees is essential for tourism sector, water resources management and the ecosystems. In contrast to last year snow season, winter 2018 already appears as a remarkable year for snow.
The Pyrenees mountain range is a great biodiversity reserve characterized by a high diversity of natural ecosystems and extraordinary species. The protected natural areas include an optimal representation of these ecosystems and species.
Mountains are very sensitive to the climate change. Usually, they have much less station density, and therefore, less information are known from the higher elevated areas. Additionally, measurements have troubles under more severe weather conditions raising the maintenance costs of high elevated stations.