Tropical Rainforest Plot Network: Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates, Northern Queensland, Australia

Typecollection
TitleTropical Rainforest Plot Network: Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates, Northern Queensland, Australia
Alternate TitleTropical Rainforest Plot Network: Spatial data
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c34152b2d836
Website Addresshttps://datacommons.anu.edu.au/
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThe LTERN Tropical Rainforest Plot Network Plot Details Data Package contains spatial coordinates from 20, 0.5 ha (100 m x 50 m) permanent rainforest plots in Northern Queensland, Australia. This is part of a much larger dataset that spans from 1971 to 2013 that is managed by CSIRO. 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). Due to the wide geographical range of the plots, no species dominate, although the families Lauraceae, Rutaceae and Myrtaceae contribute a large number of species. 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.

A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Tropical Rainforest Plot Network’s full program is provided at http://hdl.handle.net/1885/151954.
Full DescriptionAbstract: The LTERN Tropical Rainforest Plot Network Plot Details Data Package contains spatial coordinates from 20, 0.5 ha (100 m x 50 m) permanent rainforest plots in Northern Queensland, Australia. This is part of a much larger dataset that spans from 1971 to 2013 that is managed by CSIRO. 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). Due to the wide geographical range of the plots, no species dominate, although the families Lauraceae, Rutaceae and Myrtaceae contribute a large number of species. 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.

A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Tropical Rainforest Plot Network’s full program is provided at http://hdl.handle.net/1885/151954.

Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project has been part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN is a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

Methods

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1
Title
Plot set-up
Description
The 20 CSIRO permanent plots were opportunistically located ahead of logging operations or in areas of no or minor recent disturbance (EP9 and EP38 showed evidence of slight disturbance in a section of the plot due to selective logging at least 20 years prior to establishment). Where possible, plots were located to represent the major forests and geologies of North Queensland. All plots were surveyed to enclose a projected plan view area of 0.5 ha (100 m x 50 m) with plot boundary distances corrected for slope. Plot boundaries were surveyed with prismatic compasses, 50 m steel survey band and Abney level. The four plot corners were initially marked with treated wooden pegs and subsequently replaced with steel pickets. All plots were subdivided into 16 subplots, each 25 m x 12.5 m with permanent wooden subplot markers. A 20 m buffer area around each plot was established to exclude future human disturbance. A canopy tower was located adjacent to both EP4 and EP33 from establishment until 2005 and focussed on canopy sampling and photosynthetic studies. Data from the towers is not included in this data paper, however, publications resulting from data collected are included in the publications and results section. The plots were established between 1971 and 1980 and were initially censused every two years until 1991. Since 1991 census intervals have ranged between 2-15 years.
Instrument


File Descriptions

Name
mtrf_plot_details_spatial_coordinates_p159t366.csv
Description

altitude
definitionElevation (ASL)
interval number typenatural
interval standard unitmeter
annual_mean_temperature_0c_
definitionAnnual Mean Temperature. Temperature and precipitation values are derived from the ANUCLIM model (McMahon, J.P., Hutchinson, M.F., Nix, H.A. and Ord, K.D. (1995) ANUCLIM user’s guide, version 1. Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian Natonal University, Canberra.) except * which are estimates based on the nearest long term recording station.
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
annual_mean_temperature_0c_numeric
definitionAnnual Mean Temperature
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
annual_precipitation_mm_
definitionAnnual Precipitation. Temperature and precipitation values are derived from the ANUCLIM model (McMahon, J.P., Hutchinson, M.F., Nix, H.A. and Ord, K.D. (1995) ANUCLIM user’s guide, version 1. Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian Natonal University, Canberra.) except * which are estimates based on the nearest long term recording station.
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmillimeter
annual_precipitation_mm_numeric
definitionAnnual Precipitation
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmillimeter
area_ha_
definitionArea is slope corrected to represent a projected plan view of 0.5 ha (100 m x 50 m).
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unithectare
ep_number
definitionCSIRO experimental plot number
nominal text definitionText
latitude
definitionLatitude (GDA)
interval number typereal
interval standard unitmeter
longitude
definitionLongitude (GDA)
interval number typereal
interval standard unitmeter
number of records21
plot_name
definitionPlot name
nominal text definitionText


Contact Emaildan.metcalfe@csiro.au
matt.bradford@csiro.au
Contact Address41 Boggo Road
Dutton Park, QLD, 4102
Australia
Contact Phone Number+61 7 3833 5529
+61 740918800
+61 427 766 704
Principal InvestigatorDaniel Metcalfe
SupervisorsDaniel Metcalfe
CollaboratorsDominic Hogan
Matt G. Bradford
Andrew J. Ford
Helen Murphy
Fields of Research0501 - Ecological Applications
KeywordsLTERN Monitoring Theme:Survey structure
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plot setup
Tropical Rainforest
Spatial data
Type of Research ActivityPure basic research
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextGeographic 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). North-eastern Australia 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 creation2014-08-29
Year of data publication2014
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
DanielMetcalfe
Matt G.Bradford
Publisher for CitationLong Term Ecological Research Network
Publications

Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.4225/08/53C4CC1D94DA0
Publication Title
Long-term stem inventory data from tropical rain forest plots in Australia
Publication Reference
Bradford, Matt; Murphy, Helen; Ford, Andrew; Hogan, Dominic; Metcalfe, Dan. Long-term stem inventory data from tropical rain forest plots in Australia. Ecology. 2014; 95(8):2362.


Related Websites
URLTitle
http://hdl.handle.net/1885/151954ANU Open Research
Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern2.99
PackageId:159
Access RightsSpecial Conditions: Data users must request permission from the Data Provider before access to latitudinal and longitudinal data is granted.
Access Rights TypeRestricted
Rights held in and over the dataAusGoal Restrictive Licence - This licence has been developed specifically for material that may contain personal or other confidential information.
Licence TypeAusGoalRestrictive - AusGoal Restrictive Licence
LicenceLTERN Deed: 20
Date of execution: 2014-07-31

Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5830
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