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Spring Onset Advancing Across NPS

Brief description: 
Spring has already advanced in three-quarters of the 276 parks examined, and half of the parks are experiencing an "extreme" early spring that exceeds 95% of historical conditions as measured by first leaf index and/or first bloom index from indicator plant species.
Partner Organization: 
Contact Name: 
Bill Monahan
Project Start Date: 
August 2014
Background Information: 
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/springonset.htm
Research Question: 
Is the timing of spring changing across the NPS?
Data Used: 
Gridded Spring Indices (Berkeley Earth, Toby Ault version)
Relevant decision/action: 
Supports parks in planning field seasons, wildflower viewing - see project brief https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/upload/2016-10-26-NPS-Phen-Project-Brief.pdf
Strategic Plan Area: 
Inform Decisions
Is the project complete? : 
Yes
Is the project an example of adaptive management?: 
No
Project Complete Date: 
January 2017
Date: 
October, 2017