Budburst (A GLOBE Phenology Workshop) to be Held at the Nature Center February 2

January 24, 2008

The John T. Huston-Dr. John Brumbaugh Nature Center of Mount Union College will hold Budburst (A GLOBE Phenology Workshop) on Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year, as conditions for plant growth improve, a wave of green spreads over the land surface (green-up) and then retreats as conditions for plant growth decline (green-down). Budburst explores the first part of this cycle. The period between green-up and green-down or senescence is known as the growing season, and changes in the length of the growing season may be an indication of global climate change. For example, some scientists recently found that the growing season has increased in northern latitudes by eight days since the early 1980s. However, their conclusion is controversial because it was based on satellite data. On-the-ground observations of green-up and green-down are needed to validate these types of satellite estimates.

    By learning the GLOBE Phenology protocols (Phenology is the study of living organisms’ response to seasonal and climatic changes in their environment) and reporting data to the GLOBE website, participants can contribute significant information that will be used to ground verify these satellite estimates.

    Bring a sack lunch, dress for the weather and learn how to contribute to this research effort.

Registration is required.  The Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, just off of Route 183.  For more information, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.

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