Phenocams

A “phenocam,” is a digital camera set up at a fixed location to capture time-lapse images. Over time, these data provide a near-continuous visual record of the environment around the camera. NEON uses a Stardot NetCam CS CAM-SEC5IR-B to collect RGB and IR images every 15 minutes at field sites creating a wealth of phenology image data of many different ecosystems. Over time, these data will reveal trends in the greening of trees, herbs and shrubs.

Where Are Phenocams Placed?

At terrestrial sites, one phenocam is installed at the top of the met/flux tower to capture above canopy vegetation. One phenocam is installed near the bottom of the tower to collect understory vegetation including snow cover during the winter. Cameras typically face north.

At aquatic sites, one phenocam is installed on the shore facing the aquatic body to capture land-water interface images. Surface water sensor stationsgroundwater wells, and meterological stations are positioned nearby to collect additional automated measurements.

NEON also collects routine observations throughout the year of many organisms including terrestrial and aquatic plants, insects, and small mammals. All of these data may be used to study how life cycle patterns of populations and communities shift in response to changing ecosystems.

How NEON extends the Phenocam Network

PhenoCam is one of the largest cooperative, open access networks of phenocam data in the world. Phenocam both archives and distributes imagery and derived data products from digital cameras deployed at research sites across North America and around the world. NEON closely follows the Phenocam protocols to collect phenology image data, and our data are hosted on the Phenocam Gallery, a robust and open access database that provides image data of canopy phenology of all participating phenocams.

You can also search and access NEON’s phenocam data via the NEON Data Portal and NEON data API.

Leveraging Phenocams to Capture Snow Depth Dynamics

At terrestrial field sites, NEON scientists also place several snow gauges, appearing as yard sticks sticking out of the ground, within the field of view (FOV) of the lower cameras. Users are able to use the images of these snow gauges to estimate snow depth over the non-growing season. Understanding the dynamics of snow cover are important because snow cover and snow melt have an important influence on things like soil temperature, gas exchange between the soil and the atmosphere and nutrient cycling.

Related Data Products

  • Phenology images
  • Snow depth and understory phenology images
  • Land-water interface images

Work with Phenocam Data

Check our Our Latest Phenocam Images

Click on each image to go to the Phencam Network and download data for that camera.

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D01 Northeast

D01 BART (Upper)
BART Upper phenocam
D01 BART (Lower)
BART Lower phenocam
D01 HARV (Upper)
HARV Upper phenocam
D01 HARV (Lower)
HARV Lower phenocam
D01 HOBP
HOPB phenocam
 

D02 Mid Atlantic

D02 BLAN (Upper)
BLAN Upper phenocam
D02 BLAN (Lower)
BLAN Lower phenocam
D02 SCBI (Upper)
SCBI Upper phenocam
D02 SCBI (Lower)
SCBI Lower phenocam
D02 SERC (Upper)
SERC Upper phenocam
D02 SERC (Lower)
SERC Lower phenocam
D02 LEWI
LEWI phenocam
D02 POSE
POSE phenocam
 

D03 Southeast

D03 DSNY (Upper)
DSNY Upper phenocam
D03 DSNY (Lower)
DSNY Lower phenocam
D03 JERC (Upper)
JERC Upper phenocam
D03 JERC (Lower)
JERC Lower phenocam
D03 OSBS (Upper)
OSBS Upper phenocam
D03 OSBS (Lower)
OSBS Lower phenocam
D03 BARC
BARC phenocam
D03 SUGG
SUGG phenocam
D03 FLNT
FLNT phenocam

D04 Atlantic Neotropical

D04 GUAN (Upper)
GUAN Upper phenocam
D04 GUAN (Lower)
GUAN Lower phenocam
D04 LAJA (Upper)
LAJA Upper phenocam
D04 LAJA (Lower)
LAJA Lower phenocam
D04 CUPE
CUPE phenocam
D04 GUIL
GUIL phenocam

D05 Great Lakes

D05 STEI (Upper)
STEI Upper phenocam
D05 STEI (Lower)
STEI Lower phenocam
D05 TREE (Upper)
TREE Upper phenocam
D05 TREE (Lower)
TREE Lower phenocam
D05 UNDE (Upper)
UNDE Upper phenocam
D05 UNDE (Lower)
UNDE Lower phenocam
D05 CRAM
CRAM phenocam
D05 LIRO
LIRO phenocam
 

D06 Prairie Peninsula

D06 KONA (Upper)
KONA Upper phenocam
D06 KONA (Lower)
KONA Lower phenocam
D06 KONZ (Upper)
KONZ Upper phenocam
D06 KONZ (Lower)
KONZ Lower phenocam

D06 UKFS (Upper)
UKFS Upper phenocam

D06 UKFS (Lower)
UKFS Lower phenocam
D06 KING
KING phenocam
D06 MCDI
MCDI phenocam
 

D07 Appalachians & Cumberland Plateau

D07 GRSM (Upper)
GRSM Upper phenocam
D07 GRSM (Lower)
GRSM Lower phenocam
D07 MLBS (Upper)
MLBS Upper phenocam
D07 MLBS (Lower)
MLBS Lower phenocam
D07 ORNL (Upper)
ORNL Upper phenocam
D07 ORNL (Lower)
ORNL Lower phenocam
D07 LECO
LECO phenocam
D07 WALK
WALK phenocam
 

D08 Ozarks Complex

D08 DELA (Upper)
DELA Upper phenocam
D08 DELA (Lower)
DELA Lower phenocam
D08 LENO (Upper)
LENO Upper phenocam
D08 LENO (Lower)
LENO Lower phenocam
D08 TALL (Upper)
TALL Upper phenocam
D08 TALL (Lower)
TALL Lower phenocam
D08 MAYF
MAYF phenocam
D08 TOMB
TOMB phenocam
D08 BLWA
BLWA phenocam

D09 Northern Plains

D09 DCFS (Upper)
DCFS Upper phenocam
D09 DCFS (Lower)
DCFS Lower phenocam
D09 NOGP (Upper)
NOGP Upper phenocam
D09 NOGP (Lower)
NOGP Lower phenocam
D09 WOOD (Upper)
WOOD Upper phenocam
D09 WOOD (Lower)
WOOD Lower phenocam
D09 PRPO
PRPO phenocam
D09 PRLA
PRLA phenocam
 

D10 Central Plains

D10 CPER (Upper)
CPER Upper phenocam
D10 CPER (Lower)
CPER Lower phenocam
D10 RMNP (Upper)
RMNP Upper phenocam
D10 RMNP (Lower)
RMNP Lower phenocam
D10 STER (Upper)
STER Upper phenocam
D10 STER (Lower)
STER Lower phenocam
D10 ARIK
ARIK phenocam
   

D11 Southern Plains

D11 CLBJ (Upper)
CLBJ Upper phenocam
D11 CLBJ (Lower)
CLBJ Lower phenocam
D11 OAES (Upper)
OAES Upper phenocam
D11 OAES (Lower)
OAES Lower phenocam
D11 BLUE
BLUE phenocam
D11 PRIN
PRIN phenocam

D12 Northern Rockies

D12 YELL (Upper)
YELL Upper phenocam

D12 YELL (Lower)
YELL Lower phenocam
D12 BLDE
BLDE phenocam

D13 Southern Rockies & Colorado Plateau

D13 MOAB (Upper)
MOAB Upper phenocam
D13 MOAB (Lower)
MOAB Lower phenocam
D13 NIWO (Upper)
NIWO Upper phenocam
D13 NIWO (Lower)
NIWO Lower phenocam
D13 COMO
COMO phenocam
D13 WLOU
WLOU phenocam

D14 Desert Southwest

D14 JORN (Upper)
JORN Upper phenocam
D13 JORN (Lower)
JORN Lower phenocam
D13 SRER (Upper)
SRER Upper phenocam
D13 SRER (Lower)
SRER Lower phenocam
D13 SYCA
SYCA phenocam
 

D15 Great Basin

D15 ONAQ (Upper)
ONAQ Upper phenocam
D15 ONAQ (Lower)
ONAQ Lower phenocam
D15 REDB
REDB phenocam

D16 Pacific Northwest

D16 ABBY (Upper)
ABBY Upper phenocam
D16 ABBY (Lower)
ABBY Lower phenocam
D16 WREF (Upper)
WREF Upper phenocam
D16 WREF (Lower)
WREF Lower phenocam
D16 MART
MART phenocam
D16 MCRA
MRCA phenocam

D17 Pacific Southwest

D17 SOAP (Upper)
SOAP Upper phenocam
D17 SOAP (Lower)
SOAP Lower phenocam
D17 SJER (Upper)
SJER Upper phenocam
D17 SJER (Lower)
SJER Lower phenocam
D17 TEAK (Upper)
TEAK Upper phenocam
D17 TEAK (Lower)
TEAK Lower phenocam
D17 BIGC (Lower)
BIGC phenocam
D17 TECR
TECR phenocam
 

D18 Tundra

D18 BARR (Upper)
BARR Upper phenocam
D18 BARR (Lower)
BARR Lower phenocam
D18 TOOL (Upper)
TOOL Upper phenocam
D18 TOOL (Lower)
TOOL Lower phenocam
D18 OKSR
Currently Not Available
D18 TOOK
TOOK phenocam

D19 Taiga

D19 DEJU (Upper)
DEJU Upper phenocam
D19 DEJU (Lower)
DEJU Lower phenocam
D19 BONA (Upper)
BONA Upper phenocam
D19 BONA (Lower)
BONA Lower phenocam
D19 HEAL (Upper)
HEAL Upper phenocam
D19 HEAL (Lower)
HEAL Lower phenocam
D19 CARI
CARI phenocam
   

D20 Pacific Tropical

D20 PUUM (Upper)
Currently Not Available
D20 PUUM (Lower)
Currently Not Available
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