Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Data, South-East Highlands, Australia, 2012

This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Road Transects Data Package comprises transect-based vegetation data for Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects in the South-East Highlands, Australia. These data have been used against background quadrat data to test a hypothesis about roads as vectors for dispersal of invasive species. Plots are located at attitudinally stratified intervals along five attitudinally-stratified transects. The transects follow major roads and management tracks in the Victorian Alps. Each road is divided into 20 altitudinal sectors in which a single plot is situated. Within each plot, all species are identified and are assigned cover scores. The Alpine Summit plots study, which commenced in 2001, forms part of the collection of data packages by the Victorian Alpine Plot Network.A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Victorian Alpine Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c11c3d283b0e Sampling method: The data collection protocol follows the guidelines of the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN; http://www.mountaininvasions.org/). The aim is to determine which exotic (and native) species are where on mountain roadsides and are using these data against background quadrat data collected over past years and decades to test hypotheses about roads as vectors for dispersal of invasive species. Study extent: No limitations or missing units are in temporal coverage outlined in Conceptual Design. The temporal range of the dataset is predominantly 2012 but the sampling period extends into the first 10 days of January 2013. These data aim to document the distribution of exotic (and native) species from foothills to mountain summits along transport corridors. Project funding: Parks Victoria, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. Between 2012 and 2018 this project was a part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN was a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)
Type
collection
Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Data, South-East Highlands, Australia, 2012
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Summit Plots, 2012
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c10614aceb2e
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Road Transects Data Package comprises transect-based vegetation data for Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects in the South-East Highlands, Australia. The Alpine Summit plots study, which commenced in 2001, forms part of the collection of data packages by the Victorian Alpine Plot Network. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Victorian Alpine Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c11c3d283b0e.
Full Description
This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Road Transects Data Package comprises transect-based vegetation data for Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects in the South-East Highlands, Australia. These data have been used against background quadrat data to test a hypothesis about roads as vectors for dispersal of invasive species. Plots are located at attitudinally stratified intervals along five attitudinally-stratified transects. The transects follow major roads and management tracks in the Victorian Alps. Each road is divided into 20 altitudinal sectors in which a single plot is situated. Within each plot, all species are identified and are assigned cover scores. The Alpine Summit plots study, which commenced in 2001, forms part of the collection of data packages by the Victorian Alpine Plot Network.A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Victorian Alpine Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c11c3d283b0e Sampling method: The data collection protocol follows the guidelines of the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN; http://www.mountaininvasions.org/). The aim is to determine which exotic (and native) species are where on mountain roadsides and are using these data against background quadrat data collected over past years and decades to test hypotheses about roads as vectors for dispersal of invasive species. Study extent: No limitations or missing units are in temporal coverage outlined in Conceptual Design. The temporal range of the dataset is predominantly 2012 but the sampling period extends into the first 10 days of January 2013. These data aim to document the distribution of exotic (and native) species from foothills to mountain summits along transport corridors. Project funding: Parks Victoria, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. Between 2012 and 2018 this project was a part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN was a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)
Methods
1
Plot Setup
The sampling regime consists of five altitudinal transect with plots located at altitudinal intervals along the transects. The transects follow major roads and management tracks in the Victorian Alps.The five road-side transects are:
1) Mt Beauty to the Bogong High Plains (BHP1)
2) Shannonvale to the Bogong High Plains (BHP2)
3) Harrietville to Mt Hotham (HH)
4) Dargo to the Dargo High Plains (DHP)
5) Licola to The Howitt Plains (LH)
Each road is divided into 20 altitudinal sectors. These are spaced according to a simple formula: (highest altitude - lowest altitude) /20
In each sector, one quadrat, 2 m x 50 m, is placed parallel to the roadside. Cover abundance scores are measured for all plant species in each plot.
None specified
2
Data Collection
Within each quadrat, we identify all species and assign a a cover score. 1 = <1%, 2 = 1-5% and 3 = >5%.
None specified
File Descriptions
vasp_road_transects_2012_p122t263.csv
cover_abundance
definitionCover abundance score
ordinal enumeration codes
1<1%
21-5%
3>5%
site_id
definitionSite identification number
nominal enumeration codes
BHP1Mt Beauty to Bogong High Plains
BHP2Shannonvale to Bogong High Plains
DHPDargo to Dargo High Plains
HHHarrietville to Mt Hotham
LHLicola to Howitt
site_name
definitionSite name
nominal text definitionText
species
definitionSpecies name. * denotes weed species
nominal text definitionText
vasp_road_transects_2012_site_details_p122t1299.csv
bare_ground_pc
definitionBare ground cover (%)
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of survey
disturbance_intensity
definitionDisturbance intensity (class
ordinal enumeration codes
1none
2some
3severe
elevation
definitionAltitude
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
forest_canopy_pc
definitionForest canopy cover (%)
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
mountain_zone
definitionPlant community
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records101
site_name
definitionSite identifier
nominal text definitionCharacter
vegetation_pc
definitionVegetation cover (%)
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
Contact Email
belln@unimelb.edu.au; ary@unimelb.edu.au
Contact Address
University of Melbourne Bio21 Institute Departments of Genetics and Zoology Melbourne, VIC., 3010 Australia
Contact Phone Number
+61 3 8344 2282
Principal Investigator
Ary Hoffman
Supervisors
Ary Hoffman
Collaborators
John Morgan; Henrick Wahren
Fields of Research
0602 - Ecology
Keywords
GCMD:Biological Classification > Plants; GCMD:Biosphere > Terrestrial Ecosystems > Alpine/Tundra; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Vegetation structure; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant species composition; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant species abundance; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Individual plants; keyword:Alpine National Park; keyword:Species richness; keyword:Compositional changes; keyword:Weed invasion; keyword:Altitudinal gradient; Victorian Alpine; Summit Plots; Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects
Type of Research Activity
Pure basic research
Date Coverage
2012
Geospatial Location
text
Victorian Alpine Plot Network Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Data
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -36.7325; southlimit = -37.13255; westlimit = 146.4542; eastLimit = 147.30667
Date of data creation
2014-08-29
Year of data publication
2014
Creator(s) for Citation
Ary
Hoffman
Publisher for Citation
The Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern2.51; PackageId:122
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 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Licence Type
CC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
Data Location
https://datacommons.anu.edu.au
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service
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