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Indicator

Plant and fungi phenology

Description

  • The timing of seasonal events in plants is changing across Europe, mainly due to changes in climate conditions. Seventy-eight per cent of leaf unfolding and flowering records show advancing trends in recent decades whereas only 3 % show a significant delay. Between 1971 and 2000, the average advance of spring and summer was between 2.5 and 4 days per decade.
  • As a consequence of climate-induced changes in plant phenology, the pollen season starts on average 10 days earlier and is longer than it was 50 years ago.
  • Trends in seasonal events are projected to advance further as climate warming proceeds.

Reference information

Websites:
Source:
EEA - Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012 report

Keywords

CLIM023, flowering, leafing, pollen, temperature

Climate impacts

Elements

Observations and Scenarios

Sectors

Biodiversity

Geographic characterization

Global

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