Tropical Rainforest Plot Network data packages, 1971-2018

TitleTropical Rainforest Plot Network data packages, 1971-2018
Collection TypeCollection
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c3c249fbe8ee
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThe Tropical Rainforest Plot Network aims to quantify natural forest dynamics in the absence of logging disturbance.
Full DescriptionEstablished: 1971

Project: Tropical Rainforest Plot Network: quantifying natural forest dynamics in the absence of logging disturbance

Title: Tropical Rainforest Plot Network Data Packages

Abstract: The LTERN Tropical Rainforest Plot Network Rainforest Tree Demographic Data contains stem measurement data from 20, 0.5 ha permanent rainforest plots in Northern Queensland, Australia from 2011 to 2013. This is part of a much larger dataset that spans from 1971 to 2013 that is managed by CSIRO. Except for minor disturbances associated with selective logging on two plots, the plots were established in old growth forest and all plots have thereafter been protected. Plots have been regularly censused and at each census the diameter at breast height of all stems is recorded. The data collected from the 20 plots provides an insight into the floristical composition, structure and long term forest dynamics of Australian tropical rainforests and allows direct comparisons to be made with long-term monitoring plots at a global scale.
Bradford, M.G., Murphy, H.T., Ford, A.J., Hogan, D. and Metcalfe, D.J. (2014) Long term stem inventory data from tropical rainforest plots in Australia. Ecology 95:2362.

Funding: Funding sources and in kind contributions are listed for each of the published data packages.

Study Area Description: The CSIRO permanent rainforest plots are located within 60 km of the north Queensland coast between Mackay (21.5ºS, 149ºE) and the Iron Range on Cape York Peninsula (12.5ºS, 143ºE). The plots have a rainfall range of 1200 to 3500 mm, represent eleven vegetation types, six parent materials, and range from 15 m to 1200 m above sea level.
Contact AddressCSIRO
EcoSciences Precinct
41 Boggo Road
Dutton Park, Qld., 4102
Contact Phone Number+61 7 3833 5529
+61 7 4091 8800
+61 427 766 704
Principal InvestigatorDan Metcalfe
SupervisorsDan Metcalfe
CollaboratorsMatt Bradford
Fields of Research0501 - Ecological Applications
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextThe CSIRO permanent rainforest plots are located within 60 km of the north Queensland coast between Mackay (21.5ºS, 149ºE) and the Iron , 143ºE). North-eastern AustraliaRange on Cape York Peninsula (12.5ºS is topographically diverse, and the plots span much of the geographical variation in environmental gradients across the study area. The climate is tropical with mean annual rainfall ranging from 1200 mm to over 8000 mm on the higher coastal ranges. Seventeen of the plots are located within the Wet Tropics Bioregion (sensu Department of Environment 2013) between 19.4ºS, 146.5ºE and 15.7ºS, 145.3ºE.
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -12.74273; southlimit = -21.25266; westlimit = 143.25092; eastLimit = 148.54295
Date of data creation2018
Year of data publication2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
Matt G.Bradford
Publisher for CitationLong Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Related Websites
URLTitle Open Research, Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) collection
Access Rights TypeOpen
Rights held in and over the dataCreative Commons Licence (CC BY- Attribution) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5554
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