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Natural Resource Management
Phenology can inform management and policy decisions across a variety of sectors, including in identifying species vulnerable to environmental variation and climate change; improving carbon sequestration, nutrient, and water cycling models; invasive species detection and management, seasonal cultural activities planning, forecasting outbreaks of seasonal allergies, and tracking the spread of disease among human population centers.
Phenology can also be used to support habitat conservation, climate-informed monitoring, adaptive management of ecosystems and ecosystem services, and vulnerability assessments.
The USA-NPN provides a complete set of tools that natural resource managers can use to ask and answer their questions, including:
- Scientifically-vetted Protocols for over 1200 species
- Data management, including interfaces for data entry and download
- Training resources for biologists or volunteers
We work with a variety of partners in the natural resources field to help them meet their science and management objectives:
California Phenology Project - led by the University of California, Santa Barbara and the National Park Service