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CZO to join PHENOCAM - An ecosystem phenology web camera network

An ecosystem phenology web camera network

21 Mar 2012

Image: An ecosystem phenology web camera network [Click image to enlarge]

Dr. Andrew Richardson ( has provided a high resolution video camera (StarDot NetCam SC Megapixel Hybrid IP Camera) that is mounted at the eddy flux tower at the Shale Hills CZO. This camera monitors changes in phenology (leaf emergence and fall leaf senescence are basic examples) and snow cover with greater temporal resolution than is logistically feasible for individual observers. This camera also helps support a student initiated project to monitor phenology in central PA (PennPhen,, contributes data to a larger network of camera based phenology observations (, and provides data that supports ongoing projects at the CZO.

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