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A comparative study of four approaches to assess phenology of **Populus** in a short-rotation coppice culture

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We compared four approaches to assess phenology in a short-rotation coppice culture with 12 poplar (Populus) genotypes. The four approaches quantified phenology at different spatial scales and with different temporal resolutions: (i) visual observations of bud phenology; (ii) measurements of leaf area index; (iii) webcam images; and (iv) satellite images. For validation purposes we applied the four approaches during two years: the year preceding a coppice event and the year following the coppice event. The delayed spring greenup and the faster canopy development in the year after coppicing (as compared to the year before coppicing) were similarly quantified by the four approaches. The four approaches detected very similar seasonal changes in phenology, although they had different spatial scales and a different temporal resolution. The onset of autumn senescence after coppicing remained the same as in the year before coppicing according to the bud set observations, but it started earlier according to the webcam images, and later according to the MODIS images. In comparison to the year before coppicing, the growing season-in terms of leaf area duration-was shorter in the year after coppicing, while the leaf area index was higher.
Journal: iForest: Biogeosciences and Forestry
Volume: 9
Pages: 682 - 689
Publication year:2016
Keywords:Plant & soil science & technology