The MySeasons App is part of the MyGEOSS project on innovative apps in environmental and social domains and addresses the mobile integration of optical satellite time series data for vegetation phenology monitoring.

Source: Android description / Image: Pixabay

Useful information

Download: Android 4.1 (8.32MB) / iOS 6.0 (14.2MB)

Price: free

Language: English / German

Runs offline: partially (maps require connection)

Last update: Android 24/03/2016 (v. 1.1.18) – iOS 24/03/2016 (v. 1.1)

Website of the developer: MySeasons

Description

The main objective of MySeasons application is to record flowering time of 15 species of trees and shrubs, to see over time how climate change is modifying these variables.

The application has the following options, accessible from the menu in the upper left:

  • Maps, which shows three sections
    • Open Street Maps, with user location.
    • Start of season, to visualize the mean start of the growing season of the vegetation (the information is a result from 14 years of satellite observations made by NASA).
    • Vegetation trend, map showing the trend experienced by vegetation. The red colors indicate a decrease in activity, while the green colors indicate an increase.

In this maps section you can also find an access to more detailed analysis which, graphically, shows the main phenological variables.

From here you can also access the form to record the different stages of growth of the following species: liverleaf (Hepatica nobilis), hazelnut (Corylus avellana), snowdrops (Galanthus sp.), forsythia (Forsythia sp.), gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa), apple tree (Malus domestica), oak (Quercus robur), black elder (Sambucus nigra), robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia), large-leaved linden (Tilia platyphyllos), currant (Ribes rubrum), early apple, rowan (Sorbus sp.), cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) and horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).

  • Settings, where you can change the language.
  • About, that explains the objective of the application.
  • Funding, section explaining that Myseasons is a tool created under the Horizon 2020 program.

More information

Operations manual (*.pdf, 1.01MB)

MySeasons database

Open source code

Images: screenshots 15/05/2017. ©Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

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Analysis

The change in the phenology of the vegetal species is one of the most representative symptoms of the process of climate change adaptation that the nature is experimenting. This is because, as stated in the UNESCO publication Climate change adaptation for natural world heritage sites (*.pdf, 4.75MB), «the phenology of plant and animal properties, such as migration, flowering or breeding, is closely linked to biophysical conditions, and is therefore highly subject to climate change, which makes phenological observation a valuable climate monitoring-system». That is, as the global temperature increases, living beings alter their cycles to adapt to the new circumstances. In the vegetation, for example, this strategy translates into an advancement of flowering. In this sense and although the satellites offer very valuable information, it is necessary to complement that data with local observations, a requeriment that was evidenced when GrowApp, an app with which you can create timelapses to reflect the changes in the vegetation, was analyzed.

MySeasons pursues a goal very similar to that indicated for the previous app or for the FenoDato application. That is, to enable the involvement of users in the generation of useful information on climate change. Although possibly the maps and graphs contributed by MySeasons are a little complicated to understand to those unfamiliar with these matters (it would be advisable to include a more understandable explanation), the section concerning to the collection of data stands out for its ease of use. It must also be noted as a positive aspect the notice included in relation to the authorship of the images and the use to be given to them. Also you must take into account that to make use of the app, it is necessary to check that permission to access the user’s location has been granted beforehand, since when installing the app does not appear any warning about it.

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