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Wednesday, April 11 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm
SYMPOSIA-13: Using Linear and Non-Linear Temporal Adjustments to Match an Annual Phenological Profile to a Reference Profile for Direct Comparison of Vegetation Status and Health

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AUTHORS: William Hargrove*, Steve Norman – USDA Forest Service; Jitendra Kumar, Forrest Hoffman – Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ABSTRACT: Interannual differences in timing of phenology make direct comparisons of vegetation health and performance between years difficult, whether at the same or different locations. By "sliding" the two phenologies in time using a Procrustean linear time shift, any particular phenological event or "completion milestone" can be synchronized, allowing direct comparison of differences in timing of other remaining milestones. Going beyond a simple linear translation, time can be "rubber-sheeted," compressed or dilated. Considering one phenology curve to be a reference, the second phenology can be "rubber-sheeted" to fit that baseline as well as possible by stretching or shrinking time to match multiple control points, which can be any recognizable phenological events or dates. Similar to "rubber sheeting" to georectify a map inside a GIS, rubber sheeting a phenology curve also yields a warping signature that shows at every time and location how many days the adjusted phenology is ahead or behind the phenological development of the reference vegetation. Using such temporal methods to "adjust" phenologies may help to quantify vegetation impacts from frost, drought, wildfire, insects and diseases by permitting the most commensurate quantitative comparisons with unaffected vegetation.

Wednesday April 11, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Water Tower Parlor

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