Tracking seasonal rhythms of plants in diverse ecosystems with digital camera imagery

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(Table presented.). Summary: Global change is shifting the seasonality of vegetation in ecosystems around the globe. High-frequency digital camera imagery, and vegetation indices derived from that imagery, is facilitating better tracking of phenological responses to environmental variation. This method, commonly referred to as the ‘phenocam’ approach, is well suited to several specific applications, including: close-up observation of individual organisms; long-term canopy-level monitoring at individual sites; automated phenological monitoring in regional-to-continental scale observatory networks; and tracking responses to experimental treatments. Several camera networks are already well established, and some camera records are a more than a decade long. These data can be used to identify the environmental controls on phenology in different ecosystems, which will contribute to the development of improved prognostic phenology models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1742-1750
Number of pages9
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • green chromatic coordinate
  • near surface remote sensing
  • phenocam
  • phenology
  • repeat photography
  • time lapse photography
  • vegetation index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


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