SPRUCE Vegetation Phenology in Experimental Plots from Phenocam Imagery, 2015-2017

This data set consists of PhenoCam data from the SPRUCE experiment from the beginning of whole ecosystem warming in August 2015 through the end of 2017. Digital cameras, or phenocams, installed in each SPRUCE enclosure track seasonal variation in vegetation “greenness”, a proxy for vegetation phenology and associated physiological activity. Regions of interest (ROIs) were defined for vegetation types (1) Picea trees (EN, evergreen needleleaf); (2) Larix trees (DN, deciduous needleleaf); and (3) the mixed shrub layer (SH, shrubs).

This data set consists of two sets of data files: (1) standard “3-day summary product files” for each camera and each ROI (i.e. vegetation type), characterizing vegetation color at a 3-day time step and (2) a “transition date file” containing the estimated “greenness rising” (spring) and “greenness falling” (autumn) transition dates.

Citation: 

Richardson, A.D., K. Hufkens, T. Milliman, D.M. Aubrecht, M.E. Furze, B. Seyednasrollah, M.B. Krassovski, and P.J. Hanson. 2018. SPRUCE Vegetation Phenology in Experimental Plots from Phenocam Imagery, 2015-2017. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TES SFA, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. https://doi.org/10.3334/CDIAC/spruce.045

Phenocam image with ROIs for Picea, Larix, and Shrub vegetation types depicted.