How changes to the seasons due to climate change will affect biological activity
Climate change has distorted the length of the warm "growing" season (i.e. summer) around the world, causing a shift in the timing of seasonal biological activity (phenology). The EU-funded CyclesOfLife project will develop a framework that unites the evidence with ecological and evolutionary principles to understand the source of variations and forecast continued phenological shifts. This framework will be based on quantitative tools from life-history theory and evolutionary demography and validated at the global scale with Big Data. It will use the gradient of growing season lengths that exists across the planet's latitudes to test the relationship between season length and phenology and predict how phenology might continue to change in the future under different climate change scenarios.