The European #forestconditionmonitor shows a heterogeneous year 2021: the late season-start entailed low greenness values in large parts in spring, the precipitation during summer indicates a relaxation of the last year’s drought stress. Finland’s forests suffered some drought.
The EFCM has undergone a major update, now depicting forest greenness over the whole year in dependence of local average growing seasons and in WGS84 geographic projection. In April/May 2021 large parts of Central and Northern Europe featured relatively low greenness, which reflects an extraordinary late start of the growing season and thus a delayed phenology. The next update of the EFCM is scheduled for early in October 2021 then also including the summer season 2021 in which large parts of Southern Europe suffer from heat, drought, and forest fires.