Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered a shift in the seasons

Scientists discover seasons are changing

Scientists discover seasons are changing

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SOUTHAMPTON scientists have discovered a shift in the seasons, with spring arriving early and autumn being delayed.

Peter Atkinson, professor of geography at the University of Southampton, has examined satellite images of vegetation across the northern hemisphere from the past 25 years and found signs that winter is being shrunk.

Earlier this month supermarkets Waitrose and Tesco both announced that English strawberries were ripening early and hitting the shelves a week earlier than last year.

Prof Atkinson said: “There is much speculation about whether our seasons are changing and if so, whether this is linked to climate change.

“Our study is another significant piece in the puzzle, which may ultimately answer this question.”

The researchers examined a range of vegetation types, with forests which have not been affected by human intervention acting as the best signifier for the changing seasons.

The most pronounced change found by the researchers was in the broad-leaved deciduous and needle-leaved deciduous forest groups, showing that autumn is becoming significantly later, with an early onset of spring.

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9:48pm Fri 28 Mar 14

forest hump says...

25years? How can you conclude this from only 25 years' of data? Shame on these so-called professionals for publishing such misleading claptrap
25years? How can you conclude this from only 25 years' of data? Shame on these so-called professionals for publishing such misleading claptrap forest hump
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9:59am Mon 7 Apr 14

skeptik says...

May I suggest (in your browser) 'Monthly Weather Reports 1940s' (or any other decade) Pick a year and month - some will have 'not seen in X years', worst since, highest rainfall in 42 years -above/below average temperatures etc. Is it not the case that some believe the 1930s were warmer on average than today? Those of us who request answers are usually given a reply we are-'deniers' we cherry pick and use it to question the big picture' I would suggest the boot is firmly on the other foot when it comes to selectivity and the big picture.
May I suggest (in your browser) 'Monthly Weather Reports 1940s' (or any other decade) Pick a year and month - some will have 'not seen in X years', worst since, highest rainfall in 42 years -above/below average temperatures etc. Is it not the case that some believe the 1930s were warmer on average than today? Those of us who request answers are usually given a reply we are-'deniers' we cherry pick and use it to question the big picture' I would suggest the boot is firmly on the other foot when it comes to selectivity and the big picture. skeptik
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