Me and Jon McCalmont have been visiting MPOB’s research site in Sessang, Sarawak as part of scoping activities for current and future research. The Oil Palms at this research site are reaching the end of their first rotation. Thanks to all the folks at MPOB for organising (and letting us tag along!).
I first setup the tower on the Abbott’s Hall Saltmarsh, Essex in December 2012 with the help of Mel Chocholek. It has survived nearly seven years and two tidal surges, but it now time to take down the tower. The tower was located on the Blackwater estuary has been a magical place to visit. Each […]
We have just been back to Malaysia to perform routine maintance on the towers – you know the sort of thing: lightning damage, ant infestations etc… The most notable change though was how much the growth of the three year conversion palms has accelerated.
We have reached another milestone! The Los Gatos (methane and nitrous oxide) sensor is being moved into its new home in the logged peat swamp forest. The sensor will be monitoring greenhouse gasses from the logged peatswamp forest.
PDRA Job Opportunity I would like to draw your attention to a 30 month PDRA job opportunity: Using Eddy Covariance to investigate the greenhouse gas emissions from Oil Palm plantations on tropical peat. The PDRA will be working on a project funded by the Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) entitled: “Ecosystem Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics […]
A break from exploring sites in Sevilleta long-term ecological research (LTER) site for the NERC DRIVING C inception field-trip. The photo is of the UK members of the DRIVING C team: (left to right) Timothy Hill, Richard Brazier, Fabio Boschetti, Karen Anderson, Andrew Cunliffe and Stephen Sitch.
An initial 3D ‘structure from motion’ model created by Dominic Fawcett. This image is centered on our 20 m eddy covariance tower in the 10 year oil palm site and is based on drone imagery collected by Dominic in the trip to Malaysia earlier in the year. Even in this initial model, the structure of […]
I have been lucky enough to escape the Northern Hemisphere winter for a few days, and I am back checking up on our Eddy Covariance system in the oil palm plantation near Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. In fact, aside from a few issues, the systems have been working very well. Following conversion in 2016, the palms […]
This week is Opportunities Week (reading week) for the students, so I was able to use the opportunity for a quick site visit to Rothamsted. Two months in, the new Replicated Eddy Covariance systems are both running smoothly – with little in the way of maintenance needed – though this could also be due to […]
I would also like to draw your attention to a second potential PhD project, entitled “Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Oil Palm Production in Malaysia”. Application deadline: 7th January 2018 The project is one of a number of projects that are competing for GW4+ funding. This project will attract additional CASE funding and will involve […]