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Phenology is the study of recurring natural phenomena mainly related to climate. Since in the past century changes in climate have been observed which seem to have an effect on plants and wildlife responses, it is expected that the timing of phenological processes will continue to change under a changing climate. This will have considerable consequences on forestry, agriculture, biodiversity and human health.

Within this context, the European Phenology Network (EPN), funded by the European Commission within the Fifth Framework Programme, aims to increase the efficiency, added value and use of phenological monitoring and research and to stimulate the practical use of phenological data in the context of global (climate) change. In the framework of EPN, the Joint Research Centre and Wageningen University co-organized this International Workshop whose principal aims were:
- To clarify and to illustrate the state of the art and the usefulness of Earth Observation for phenological studies;
- To demonstrate the importance and added value of EO techniques and data for phenological monitoring and to address issues of scale;
- To assess process requirements of EO data before use within phenological models;
- To identify potential future advantages offered by new EO sensors and data for phenological research.

Additional information

Authors: ESTREGUIL C, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MAGGI M, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);CLEVERS J, Wageningen University, Wageningen (NL);VAN VLIET A, Wageningen University, Wageningen (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20675 EN (2003), 402pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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