W12-04: The Plant Phenology Ontology for Phenological Data Integration

TitleW12-04: The Plant Phenology Ontology for Phenological Data Integration
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsStucky BJ, Deck J, Denny E, Guralnick RP, Walls RL, Yost J
Conference NameInternational Conference on Biomedical Ontology and BioCreative (ICBO BioCreative 2016)
Date Published11/30/16
PublisherCEUR-ws.org Volume 1747
Other NumbersVol-1747|urn:nbn:de:0074-1747-1

Plant phenology the timing of life-cycle events, such as flowering or leafing-out has cascading effects on multiple levels of biological organization, from individuals to ecosystems. Despite the importance of understanding phenology for managing biodiversity and ecosystem services, we are not currently able to address continent-scale phenological responses to anticipated climatic changes. This is not because we lack relevant data. Rather, the problem is that the disparate organizations producing large-scale phenology data are using non-standardized terminologies and metrics during data collection and data processing. Here, we preview the Plant Phenology Ontology, which will provide the standardized vocabulary necessary for annotation of phenological data. We are aggregating, annotating, and analyzing the most significant phenological data sets in the USA and Europe for broad temporal, geographic, and taxonomic analyses of how phenology is changing in relation to climate change.