Predicting spring green-up across diverse North American grasslands

Updating grassland GDD models using precipitation

BlueGreen Labs was happy to co-author this work led by Alison Post. Alison showed that existing models of grassland phenology poorly predict green-up. Inclusion of precipitation, in addition to temperature, resulted in significantly better model results, although different thresholds apply across different climate regions. The models predict a green-up across most of the grassland sites studied. You can find the abstract and link to the full paper on the manuscript page.

Koen Hufkens, PhD
Partner, Researcher

As an earth system scientist and ecologist I model ecosystem processes.