Comparative analysis of the relationship between phenological phenomena and meteorological indicators based on insect and plant monitoring

Ferenczy, Antal, Eppich, Boglárka, Varga, Réka Dóra, Bíró, István, Kovács, Attila, Petrányi, Gergely, Hirka, Anikó, Szabóky, Csaba, Isépy , István, Prsizter, Szaniszló, Türei, Dénes, Gimesi , László, Garamvölgyi , Ágnes, Homoródi , Réka and Hufnagel, Levente (2010) Comparative analysis of the relationship between phenological phenomena and meteorological indicators based on insect and plant monitoring. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 8 (4). pp. 367-376.

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Climate change is one of the biggest environmental problems of the 21st century. The most sensitive indicators of the effects of the climatic changes are phenological processes of the biota. The effects of climate change which were observed the earliest are the remarkable changes in the phenology (i.e. the timing of the phenophases) of the plants and animals, which have been systematically monitored later. In our research we searched for the answer: which meteorological factors show the strongest statistical relationships with phenological phenomena based on some chosen plant and insect species (in case of which large phenological databases are available). Our study was based on two large databases: one of them is the Lepidoptera database of the Hungarian Plant Protection and Forestry Light Trap Network, the other one is the Geophytes Phenology Database of the Botanical Garden of Eötvös Loránd University. In the case of butterflies, statistically defined phenological dates were determined based on the daily collection data, while in the case of plants, observation data on blooming were available. The same meteorological indicators were applied for both groups in our study. On the basis of the data series, analyses of correlation were carried out and a new indicator, the so-called G index was introduced, summing up the number of correlations which were found to be significant on the different levels of significance. In our present study we compare the significant meteorological factors and analyse the differences based on the correlation data on plants and butterflies. Data on butterflies are much more varied regarding the effectiveness of the meteorological factors.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:climate change, phenophases, meteorology, correlation, Lepidoptera
Divisions:Faculty of Horticultural Science > Department of Mathematics and Informatics
General statistics
Computer science
Funders:Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Office for Subsidised Research Units, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Council of Doctors
Projects:OTKA TS 049875, VAHAVA, TÁMOP project 4.2.1/B-09/1/KMR/- 2010-0005
ID Code:1458
Deposited By: Z. S.
Deposited On:21 Feb 2014 13:09
Last Modified:21 Feb 2014 13:09

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