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Eastern Geographic Science Center



Dr. John W. Jones
Research Geographer


    Shenandoah PhenoCam

The USGS is collecting and analyzing satellite imagery and weather data for the Shenandoah National Park to uncover and understand potential impacts of climate change on eastern forest vegetation, hydrology, and habitats.

Current weather conditions are transmitted from 1 of 7 weather stations spread throughout the Park. Specific station locations were selected so that a variety of vegetation types, elevations, slopes, and aspects are represented. They were also placed to avoid impacting visitor views and hiking experiences in this important and sensitive national resource.

Animations Showing Leaf Color Change in the Shenandoah National Park

    fisheye photo bullet  Fall of 2011 at Pinnacles Research Area looking
North (animated gif file - approx. 13 MB)

    fisheye photo bullet  Fall of 2010 Pinnacles Research Area looking
North (animated gif file - approx. 8 MB)

    fisheye photo bullet   Winter, Spring, and Summer of 2009 at Stony Man
Mountain, looking north west (Windows Media Video file - approx. 2 MB)

    fisheye photo bullet   Fall of 2008 at Stony Man Mountain, looking
NW (slide show)

    fisheye photo bullet   Phenology Home

USGS Phenology WebCam

Photo of Pinnacles Research Area
Webcam is updated every 30 minutes 10am to
Larger View...

Animation of two photos taken from the ground in the Shenandoah National Park. One taken in  the spring and the other in the winter.  They are from the same exact spot and gradually transition one into the other.
Periodic photographs are taken from beneath the
canopy in the Shenandoah National Park using a
skyward-facing fish-eye lens that can be used to
measure when leaves come out and how much tree
cover exists at specific locations.

Photograph of a6weather station and link to larger version
A photo of one of our weather stations.

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