Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Adv. Sci. Res., 11, 93–99, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-11-93-2014
Adv. Sci. Res., 11, 93–99, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-11-93-2014

  27 Mar 2015

27 Mar 2015

An overview of the phenological observation network and the phenological database of Germany's national meteorological service (Deutscher Wetterdienst)

F. Kaspar, K. Zimmermann, and C. Polte-Rudolf F. Kaspar et al.
  • Deutscher Wetterdienst, National Climate Monitoring, Frankfurter Str. 135, 63067 Offenbach, Germany

Abstract. First phenological observations have been performed in Germany already in the 18th century. The onset dates of characteristic phases of plant development (phenological phases) are observed and recorded. Today, Germany's national meteorological service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) maintains a dense phenological observation network and a database with phenological observations. The data are used in many applications, esp. for advisory activities to agriculture or pollen dispersion information.

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Plant phenology is the study of periodically recurring patterns of growth and development of plants during the year. First plant phenological observations have been performed in Germany already in the 18th century. Today, Germany’s national meteorological service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) maintains a dense phenological observation network and a database with phenological observations.