December 9-13, 2013:
American Geophysical Union (AGU) 46th Annual Fall Meeting, San Francosco CA
December 10-12, 2013:
Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, Grand Rapids MI
Welcome to the Vegetation Impact Program
The Vegetation Impact Program (VIP) is a monitoring, assessment, and networking program hosted by the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Major impacts on vegetation are often driven by weather and climate conditions. For example, damaging frost events, drought, and even flooding can impact vegetation in areas of agriculture, horticulture, nurseries, or home gardening. Pests and disease are also driven by environmental conditions.
The VIP integrates online climate monitoring information, weather and climate outlooks, and stakeholder input to provide a suite of resources that can help minimize negative vegetation impacts, mitigate climate variability effects, and develop adaptation plans to better prepare for extreme and ever-changing environmental conditions.
The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) is providing collaboration among weather forecasters, University Extension specialists, state climatologists, and other vegetation experts to improve communication about the state of vegetation and its susceptibility to potentially damaging low air temperatures. To learn more, see our "About Frost/Freeze Guidance" page.
All plants have an optimum range of temperatures for growth. While it may be obvious that temperatures too low will inhibit growth (if not damage the plant), temperatures that are too high can cause stress for the plant. Stress Degree Days (SDD) are a way of tracking how much stress a type of plant has been subjected to within its growing season. To learn more, see our "About Stress Degree Days" page.
Products in Development
Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI)
The Keetch-Bryam Drought Index (KBDI) is one of the few daily indices used to monitor drought. It is most often utilized in the wildfire community, for it can give a real-time indication of the drying potential for the finer fuels such as grasses and shrubs. While most commonly used to monitor the risk for wildfire ignition, because it is one of the only drought monitoring indices that are updated on a daily basis, it also offers the potential for many other vegetation applications.