WHRC in the Northern Forest Phenology Network
Tree phenology is the study of the timing of spring budburst and autumn leaf-fall. Changes in the timing of budburst and leaf fall can be associated with the effects of climate change. Through collaboration with Dr. Andrew Richardson (Harvard University), the Woods Hole Research Center has joined efforts to monitor changes in phenology of northern forests, our emphasis being on coastal forests of Cape Cod. A web camera, mounted on the roof of the Woodwell Building, provides automated, near-surface remote sensing of the tree canopy surrounding the Ordway Campus. Timing of budburst and leaf-fall will be evaluated from these images. Over time, this data will provide insight into how changes in climate affect the phenology of northern forests.
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To learn more about the Northern Forest Phenology Network, visit http://phenocam.sr.unh.edu/webcam/about/
Below: Time-lapse video of the 2012 tree phenology on the WHRC Ordway Campus. These images have been analyzed for “greenness” to determine timing of spring leaf out and fall senescence: http://phenocam.sr.unh.edu/data/archive/woodshole/ROI/woodshole_canopy_0001.html