Satellite imagery reveals early springs, delayed autumns in northern hemisphere

Satellite imagery reveals early springs, delayed autumns in northern hemisphere

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US: A study by the University of Southampton suggests that on average the end of autumn is taking place later in the year and spring is starting slightly earlier.A team of researchers examined satellite imagery covering the northern hemisphere over a 25 year period (1982 – 2006), and looked for any seasonal changes in vegetation by making a measure of its 'greenness'. They examined in detail, at daily intervals, the growth cycle of the vegetation – identifying physical changes such as leaf cover, colour and growth.

The project was led by University of Southampton Professor of Geography Peter Atkinson, who worked with his colleague Dr Jadunandan Dash and in collaboration with Professor Jeganathan Chockalingam from the Department of Remote Sensing at the Birla Institute of Technology in India. The study used the Global Inventory Modelling and Mapping Studies (GIMMS) dataset and combined satellite imagery with an innovative data processing method to study vegetation cycles.

Source: Science Direct