Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network: Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates, Northern Territory, Australia

Typecollection
TitleThree Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network: Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates, Northern Territory, Australia
Alternate TitleThree Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network: Spatial data Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c3d772bdfd4c
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThis data package contains location data for 220 sites in the Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network. As such, it supplements the other Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network data packages, by providing spatial coordinates for each of the plot identifiers recorded in their data tables. The Three Parks Savanna Fire-Effects Plot Network was established in 1994 with the primary aim of training management staff and assisting with the development of adaptive approaches to conservation-based fire management in regional savanna systems. The full program assesses fire regimes and their impacts on plant and vertebrate biodiversity components. The program comprises two complementary elements – mapping of fire histories based upon interpretation of satellite imagery, and assessment of vegetation and faunal components at a large series of permanent monitoring plots located across respective parks. The vegetation data comprises quantitative assessment of all species in three major strata undertaken every five years. Faunal assessments are undertaken in the immediate vicinity of respective plots on an irregular and less frequent basis. The occurrence of fire is assessed bi-annually on-ground and satellite derived fire mapping is conducted three times a year. *Note: Plots are located within a National Park and physical access to the plots is restricted.

A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network's full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c3c22985ac2b and https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d.

Full DescriptionAbstract: This data package contains location data for 220 sites in the Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network. As such, it supplements the other Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network data packages, by providing spatial coordinates for each of the plot identifiers recorded in their data tables. The Three Parks Savanna Fire-Effects Plot Network was established in 1994 with the primary aim of training management staff and assisting with the development of adaptive approaches to conservation-based fire management in regional savanna systems. The full program assesses fire regimes and their impacts on plant and vertebrate biodiversity components. The program comprises two complementary elements – mapping of fire histories based upon interpretation of satellite imagery, and assessment of vegetation and faunal components at a large series of permanent monitoring plots located across respective parks. The vegetation data comprises quantitative assessment of all species in three major strata undertaken every five years. Faunal assessments are undertaken in the immediate vicinity of respective plots on an irregular and less frequent basis. The occurrence of fire is assessed bi-annually on-ground and satellite derived fire mapping is conducted three times a year.

*Note: Plots are located within a National Park and physical access to the plots is restricted.

A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Three Park Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network's full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c3c22985ac2b and https://doi.org/10.25911/5c35959d4530d.

Sampling method: The 220 plots across the three National Parks (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) were established in 1995 in collaboration with the Park rangers to answers questions relating to fire management and park resources.

Study extent: 133 plots are located in Kakadu, 41 plots are located in Litchfield and 46 plots are located in Nitmuluk. Plots are located across the parks in a variety of habitats from lowland woodlands to rocky hillsides and ‘table top’ plateau. Occasional data is missing from years due to constraints in accessing sites.

An additional 7 plots in Nitmiluk National Park (plots 48 to 54), not included in the overall 220 plots mentioned above, are for fauna surveys only.

**Note that plot 95 in Kakadu National Park was lost after the first visit in 1995.

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

This project has also received funding through Parks Australia, NT Parks & Wildlife Service, Tropical Savannas CRC, and Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research (Charles Darwin University).
Methods

Number
1
Title
Plot setup
Description
In 1994, 133 plots were established in Kakadu National Park and, in 1995, a further 41 plots in Litchfield National Park and 46 plots in Nitmiluk National Park. These covered a variety of landform and vegetation type/habitat conditions, many positioned deliberately at sites likely to reveal environmental dynamics, especially at ecotones and in patches of fire-sensitive vegetation (for example, stands of Callitris and sandstone heaths). Additionally, numerous plots are located at, or in the near vicinity of, intensively managed sites such as camp-grounds and other tourist destinations.
Plots for fire and vegetation sampling and plots for faunal observations are positioned adjacent to one another. Spatial coordinates were recorded with GPS, using the Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94).
Instrument
GPS


Number
2
Title
Fauna monitoring plots
Description
The 50 m by 50 m trapping grid of fauna plots are generally located directly adjacent to but not overlapping vegetation plots, sharing a common boundary along the long edge of the 40 m by 20 m vegetation plot (i.e., their centre points are offset by ~35 m apart). When sampling a thin strip of habitat, fauna plots may entirely overlap vegetation plots (i.e., share a common centre point).
The fauna plots can be described as being 0 m from the vegetation plot.
Instrument


File Descriptions

Name
tpsk_plot_details_spatial_coordinates_p894t1154.csv
Description

descriptionKakadu Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates
district
definitionName of park management district
nominal text definitionCharacter
est_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionEstablishment date
group
definitionBroad vegetation type
nominal text definitionCharacter
latitude
definitionLatitude (GDA94)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitdegree
longitude
definitionLongitude (GDA94)
interval number typereal
interval standard unitdegree
number of records133
plot
definitionPark and plot identifier
nominal text definitionFormat KAKFIRE_[plot ID]


Name
tpsl_plot_details_spatial_coordinates_p894t1155.csv
Description

descriptionLitchfield Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates
est_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionEstablishment date
group
definitionBroad vegetation type
nominal text definitionCharacter
latitude
definitionLatitude (GDA94)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitdegree
longitude
definitionLongitude (GDA94)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitdegree
number of records41
plot
definitionPlot identifier
nominal text definitionFormat KAKFIRE_[plot ID]


Name
tpsn_plot_details_spatial_coordinates_p894t1156.csv
Description

descriptionNitmiluk Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates
est_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionEstablishment date
group
definitionBroad vegetation type
nominal text definitionCharacter
latitude
definitionLatitude (GDA94)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitdegree
longitude
definitionLongitude (GDA94)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitdegree
number of records54
plot
definitionPlot identifier
nominal text definitionFormat NITFIRE_[plot ID]


Name
tps_plot_diagrams_p894t1162.pdf
Description

descriptionPlot diagram for vegetation surveys


Contact Emailjeremy.russell-smith@cdu.edu.au
peter.jacklyn@cdu.edu.au
Contact AddressCharles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909
Australia
Contact Phone Number+61 8 8995 5035
+61 447 200 927
Principal InvestigatorJeremy Russell-Smith
SupervisorsJeremy Russell-Smith
CollaboratorsGraeme Gillespie
Australian Government Parks Australia
Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research, Charles Darwin University
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission
Peter Jacklyn
Fields of Research0501 - Ecological Applications
Keywordskeyword:Geographic
keyword:Plot details
keyword:Plot setup
keyword:Spatial coordinates
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects
Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk
Spatial data
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextKakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -12.11059; southlimit = -13.94659; westlimit = 131.88766; eastLimit = 133.00257
TextLitchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -13.038; southlimit = -13.525891; westlimit = 130.684447; eastLimit = 130.9701
TextNitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -13.81268; southlimit = -14.39819; westlimit = 132.16505; eastLimit = 132.74043
Date of data creation2017-10-18
Year of data publication2017
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
JeremyRussell-Smith
PeterJacklyn
Publisher for CitationThe Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern6.93
PackageId:894
Access RightsSpecial Conditions: Prior to publication of research utilising these data - the data provider (Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith) requests consultation
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 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
LicenceLTERN Deed: 45
Date of execution: 2017-02-06

Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5837
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