Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
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Vegetation phenology is the timing of seasonal developmental stages in plant life cycles including bud burst, canopy growth, flowering, and senescence, which are closely coupled to seasonally varying weather patterns. Land surface phenology (LSP) is a related term describing vegetation changes observed from satellite remote sensing, recognizing that satellite observations constitute an aggregate signal from heterogeneous surface conditions that may not be representative of any single plant species response. Thus, the satellite LSP measurement is an appropriate indicator of broadscale vegetation-climate interactions and associated landscape changes in ecosystem condition.
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Kimball, J.S. Vegetation Phenology in Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series edited by E. Njoku. New York: Springer, pp. 886-890, doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-36699-9_188