The effect of climatic trends on the growing season and their correlation to greenness in the Mid-Appalachian region

Authors: Michala Garrison*, Frostburg State University
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology
Keywords: climate, remote sensing, greenness, Appalachia, growing season, climate change, agriculture
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Research conducted in many areas of the U.S. has observed increases in temperature values, especially in the latter half of the century. Changes in climate will have a significant impact on agriculture and studies on climatic trends are necessary in order to allow for adaptation. There have been a few studies conducted in the Appalachian region on temperature and precipitation trends, but we look more closely in the mid-Appalachian region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. We divide the area into regions and investigate data from stations of the United States Historical Climatology Network to quantitatively assess the climatic changes in the region. We calculate mean monthly temperatures, total precipitation, and mean temperatures during the growing season. We also analyze Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) imagery for the purpose of correlating changes in greenness with changes in springtime temperatures.

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