Honey Bees Weigh In on Climate
This animation illustrates the relationship between the annual vegetation cycle and seasonal variations in the weights of honey bee hives. The weight of a hive increases in the spring as bees bring back nectar from flowering plants. The change in hive weight over time can be compared with satellite measurements of vegetation. Tracking a large number of hives this way can reveal the effects of changing climate and land use on the interaction of plants and pollinators. Data from this hive in Highland, Maryland and others suggests that for some locations in the U.S., spring is arriving earlier by as much as half a day per year, probably due to a combination of climate and the warming effect of urbanization.
This animation has been incorporated into the video "Feeling the Sting of Climate Change," which provides more background and introduces HoneyBeeNet, a central repository for hive weight data from across the U.S.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Next Generation Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
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Highland, MD Bee Hive Weight
Terra and Aqua Blue Marble Land Cover (Collected with the MODIS sensor)
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