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Biogeography

Weltzin, Jake [1], Muir, Rachel  [2].

First-year Products and Progress of the USA National Phenology Network.

Patterns of phenology for plants and animals control ecosystem processes, determine land surface properties, control biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and affect food production, health, conservation, and recreation. Although phenological data and models have applications related to scientific research, education and outreach, agriculture, tourism and recreation, human health, and natural resource conservation and management, until recently there was no coordinated effort to understand phenology at the national scale. The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN; www.usanpn.org), established in 2007, is an emerging and exciting partnership between federal agencies, the academic community, and the general public to establish a national science and monitoring initiative focused on phenology. The first year of operation of USA-NPN produced many new phenology products and venues for phenology research and citizen involvement. A new web-page that went live in June 2008 allows on-line data entry and access to new phenology products, important links, and recent newsletters and papers. Program developments include the plant phenology program, with 200 vetted local, regional, national plant species with descriptions and monitoring protocols; Project BudBurst, a Field Campaign for Citizen Scientists with 3500 registered observers monitoring 4500 plants; and the establishment of the Northeast Regional Phenology Network, at www.nerpn.org. USA-NPN is developing a wildlife phenology program for the 2010 season, and recently established a Biophysical Program coordinator position, an on-line educational clearing house to teach phenology in the classroom, and the addition of a data download and visualization capability to our web page. Future directions include integration with national and international, formal and informal science networks; enhancing availability of remote sensing of phenology products and services; developing and testing a new phenology-meteorology-remote sensing gradient template; and leveraging emerging technologies, data management capabilities, and a new readiness of the public to participate in investigations of nature on a national scale.


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National Phenological Network


1 - U.S. Geological Survey , National Phenology Network , 1955 East 6th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85721, United States of America
2 - U.S. Geological Survey , 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA, 20192, United States of America

Keywords:
phenology
climate
plant phenology
ecosystem processes.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Session: P1
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: P1BG009
Abstract ID:598


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