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

Abstract: 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).
Type
collection
Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network: Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates, Northern Territory, Australia
Alternate Title
Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects Plot Network: Spatial data Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3d772bdfd4c
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
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.
Full Description
Abstract: 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
1
Plot setup
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).
GPS
2
Fauna monitoring plots
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.
File Descriptions
tpsk_plot_details_spatial_coordinates_p894t1154.csv
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]
tpsl_plot_details_spatial_coordinates_p894t1155.csv
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]
tpsn_plot_details_spatial_coordinates_p894t1156.csv
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]
tps_plot_diagrams_p894t1162.pdf
descriptionPlot diagram for vegetation surveys
Contact Email
jeremy.russell-smith@cdu.edu.au; peter.jacklyn@cdu.edu.au
Contact Address
Charles Darwin University Darwin NT 0909 Australia
Contact Phone Number
+61 8 8995 5035; +61 447 200 927
Principal Investigator
Jeremy Russell-Smith
Supervisors
Jeremy Russell-Smith
Collaborators
Graeme Gillespie; Australian Government Parks Australia; Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research, Charles Darwin University; Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission; Peter Jacklyn
Fields of Research
0501 - Ecological Applications
Keywords
keyword:Geographic; keyword:Plot details; keyword:Plot setup; keyword:Spatial coordinates; Three Parks Savanna Fire-effects; Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk; Spatial data
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Geospatial Location
text
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -12.11059; southlimit = -13.94659; westlimit = 131.88766; eastLimit = 133.00257
text
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -13.038; southlimit = -13.525891; westlimit = 130.684447; eastLimit = 130.9701
text
Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -13.81268; southlimit = -14.39819; westlimit = 132.16505; eastLimit = 132.74043
Date of data creation
2017-10-18
Year of data publication
2017
Creator(s) for Citation
Jeremy
Russell-Smith
Peter
Jacklyn
Publisher for Citation
The Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern6.93; PackageId:894
Access Rights
Special Conditions: Prior to publication of research utilising these data - the data provider (Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith) requests consultation
Access Rights Type
Open
Rights held in and over the data
Creative 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 Type
CC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
Licence
LTERN Deed: 45 Date of execution: 2017-02-06
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service
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