Plant Phenology as a Biomonitor for Climate Change in Germany

A Modelling and Mapping Approach

  • Gunther Schmidt
  • Simon Schönrock
  • Winfried Schröder

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gunther Schmidt, Simon Schönrock, Winfried Schröder
    Pages 1-6
  3. Gunther Schmidt, Simon Schönrock, Winfried Schröder
    Pages 7-28
  4. Gunther Schmidt, Simon Schönrock, Winfried Schröder
    Pages 29-64

About this book


The investigations refer to the development of plant phenology since the 1960s in Germany. Spatiotemporal trends were assessed by means of regression kriging. It could be shown that there already is a distinct shift of phenological onset towards the beginning of the year of up to two weeks. In future, a shift of up to one month was calculated till 2080. Moreover, a prolongation of the vegetation period of up to three weeks was found. The findings are relevant for the development of mitigation measures to prevent from environmental, agricultural and economic issues due to climate change.


Biomonitoring Climate Change Impacts Geostatistics Plant Phenology Regression Kriging

Authors and affiliations

  • Gunther Schmidt
    • 1
  • Simon Schönrock
    • 2
  • Winfried Schröder
    • 3
  1. 1.University of VechtaVechtaGermany
  2. 2.University of VechtaVechtaGermany
  3. 3.Chair of Landscape EcologyUniversity of VechtaVechtaGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09089-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09090-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5547
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5555
  • About this book