Nieuwsbericht 21 January 2021

'CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin' is looking for 5000 citizen scientists

The largest citizen science project in Flanders towards heat and drought

For several years in a row, heat and drought records have followed one another. Our summers are getting hotter and drier, and we are increasingly affected by these extreme weather events. But how can we make our private gardens, public green spaces and agriculture more resistant against these high temperatures or long periods of drought, and what ensures that your garden stays cool during a heat wave?

This is exactly what ‘CurieusNeuzen in de Tuin’ wants to find out. With the use of innovative technology, we will monitor and map heat and drought in great detail all over Flanders over a period of 6 months. 'CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin' explores how we can better deal with the effects of increasingly hot and dry summers. How do we ensure that our garden remains cool during a heat wave? And how do we better arm our gardens, as well as our parks, fields and natural areas, against drought?

Become 1 of the 5,000 citizen scientists and install one of the smart sensors in your garden. You can follow your measurements live via your personal dashboard. Small, large, in the countryside or in the city: every garden can contribute to this internationally unique research.

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500 smart sensors in various potato fields spread over Flanders

As a dedicated partner of ‘CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin’ , VITO Remote Sensing will coordinate the side experiment set up to investigate the impact of extreme weather on the cultivation of potatoes. Next to our private and public gardens, agricultural fields are also very susceptible to extreme weather conditions. We will therefore also install 500 smart sensors in various potato fields spread over Flanders. These sensors will be installed with support of the WatchITgrow network and connected to the online platform for crop monitoring. Click here for more information about the agricultural side experiment.

‘CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin’ is an initiative of the University of Antwerp and De Standaard, in close collaboration with Rabobank, Orange, Vito, VMM, Department of Economics, Science and Innovation, Department of Environment, Bio-Planet, DPD and Aquafin.