CrowdScience: What Are Microclimates?
BBC World Service presents CrowdScience: What Are Microclimates? When we talk about climate change, it tends to be on a global or regional scale but all across the world, how we experience the climate is often dependent on microclimates – smaller areas which have a very distinctive climate of their own, in contrast to the surrounding areas.
Lots of geographical features can produce them – such as lakes, mountains, hills, valleys and coastlines but you can find microclimates on a much smaller scale – like back gardens and even in the soil and air around individual plants.
In CrowdScience, presenter Marnie Chesterton visits a tea plantation, but it is neither in India nor China, the traditional home of these evergreen shrubs. This plantation is actually in the South-West of England, where, thanks to a unique microclimate, it is producing tea leaves so good that the they are being packaged and sold back to Indian consumers.