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PhenoCam Vegetation Phenology

PhenoCam images showing two seasons at the Arbutus Lake site in NY.

PhenoCam images from February and July 2013 at the Arbutus Lake site in New York.

The PhenoCam network was established in 2008 and consists of more than 400 cameras located in diverse ecosystems of North America and Europe. Images from these cameras monitor ecosystem dynamics over time and provide an objective and cost-effective means by which canopy phenology can be monitored and quantified.

Data derived from the PhenoCam network can be used for phenological model validation and development, evaluation of satellite remote sensing data products, understanding relationships between canopy phenology and ecosystem processes, studying seasonal changes in leaf-level physiology that are associated with changes in leaf color, benchmarking earth system models, and studying climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems (Richardson et al., 2017).

Two datasets from the PhenoCam project are now available from the ORNL DAAC.

PhenoCam Dataset v1.0: Vegetation Phenology from Digital Camera Imagery, 2000-2015
This dataset provides a time series of vegetation phenological observations for 133 sites across diverse ecosystems of North America and Europe from 2000-2015.

PhenoCam Dataset v1.0: Digital Camera Imagery from the PhenoCam Network, 2000-2015
This dataset provides visible-wavelength digital camera imagery collected through the PhenoCam Network at each of 133 sites in North America and Europe from 2000-2015.

Related Publication:
Richardson, A.D., Hufkens, K., Milliman, T., Aubrecht, D.M., Chen, M., Gray, J.M., Johnston, M.R., Keenan, T.F., Klosterman, S.T., Kosmala, M., Melaas, E.K., Friedl, M.A., Frolking, S. 2017. Tracking vegetation phenology across diverse North American biomes using PhenoCam imagery. Scientific Data. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.28

The development of PhenoCam has been funded by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative, NSF’s Macrosystems Biology program (awards EF-1065029 and EF-1702697), and DOE’s Regional and Global Climate Modeling program (award DE-SC0016011). We acknowledge additional support from the US National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program and the USA National Phenology Network (grant number G10AP00129 from the United States Geological Survey), and from the USA National Phenology Network and North Central Climate Science Center (cooperative agreement number G16AC00224 from the United States Geological Survey).