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Webinar: Shifting Phenology in South Africa: Climate Change Implications from Emerging Records
Thursday, 12 September 2019, 12:00
Thursday, September 12, 2019. 12:00PM. Webinar: Shifting Phenology in South Africa: Climate Change Implications from Emerging Records. Jennifer M. Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Sponsored by OneNOAA Science Seminar Series. More information here.
Phenology refers to the timing of annually recurrent biological events. These events are argued to be one of the most sensitive bioindicators of climate change. Shifts in the timing of plant and animal phenological events have been recorded across the globe. These records have indicated the highly species- and location-specific nature of phenological response, requiring comprehensive local studies to be conducted. For South Africa, phenological records are sparse--we do not benefit from long traditions of naturalists, nor the deliberate phenology gardens planted in the United States and Europe. Research has therefore been slow in emerging. In this talk I cover the studies on phenology and climate change that have been conducted, including apple and pear flowering dates, jacaranda flowering dates, and changes in the timing of the sardine run.