INCREASE is an EU-funded infrastructure of six large-scale climate change experiments and one phytotron designed to study climate change effects on shrublands.

The experiments combine two different approaches to study climate effects on ecosystems, the "space for time" substitution by investigating ecosystems along a precipitation and temperature gradient in Europe and by ecosystem manipulations.

The research is focused on non-intrusive technologies for realistic climate manipulations and for non-destructive sampling methodologies and by synthesis of long data records obtained from the same infrastructures during two previously EU-funded projects: CLIMOOR (1998-2000) and VULCAN (2001-2004).  

The aims

  • Improved technologies for large-scale climate change experiments with realistic manipulation of climate
  • Improved methodologies for studies of climate change effects on ecosystems
  • To provide access to large scale field-based climate change experiments to  wider scientific community