Open-File Report 2010–1272
The weather data described in this document are being collected as part of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study of changes in Shenandoah National Park (SNP) landscape phenology (Jones and Osbourne, 2008). Phenology is the study of the timing of biological events, such as annual plant flowering and seasonal bird migration. These events are partially driven by changes in temperature and precipitation; therefore, phenology studies how these events may reflect changes in climate. Landscape phenology is the study of changes in biological events over broad areas and assemblages of vegetation. To study climate-change relations over broad areas (at landscape scale), the timing and amount of annual tree leaf emergence, maximum foliage, and leaf fall for forested areas are of interest. To better link vegetation changes with climate, weather data are necessary. This report documents weather-station data collection and processing procedures used in the Shenandoah National Park Phenology Project.
First posted January 31, 2011
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Jones, J. W., Aiello, D. P., Osborne, J. D., 2010, Shenandoah National Park Phenology Project—Weather data collection, description, and processing: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1272, 17 p. (Available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1272.)
Overview of Available Data and Processing Steps
Time Series Inconsistencies in the Weather Station Data
Data Analysis Processing Stream
Adding New Weather Station Data to Existing Data
File Naming Conventions
Appendix 1. Detailed flowchart of data processing steps.
Appendix 2. Macros used in processing data for the Shenandoah National Park Phenology Project.First-Order Heading (Heading 1)