Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Walking Track Data, South-East Highlands, Australia, 2015

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TitleVictorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Walking Track Data, South-East Highlands, Australia, 2015
Alternate TitleVictorian Alpine Plot Network: Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects — Walking Track Monitoring Summit Plots, 2015
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c34194fa0db6
Website Addresshttps://datacommons.anu.edu.au/
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThis Victorian Alpine Plot Walking Track data package comprises transect-based vegetation data for Lowland-to-highland Roadside Walking Track Transects in the South-East Highlands, Australia. P

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 DescriptionAbstract: This Victorian Alpine Plot Walking Track data package comprises transect-based vegetation data for Lowland-to-highland Roadside Walking Track Transects in the South-East Highlands, Australia. Plots are numbered chronologically along the transects. The transects follow three walking tracks in the Victorian Alps. Each track is divided into 200 m long, 3-4 m wide plots. Within each plot, exotic species are identified and are assigned abundance scores. The distance point of the first occurrence of each species is also noted within each plot. 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: These data aim to document the distribution of exotic (and native) species from foothills to mountain summits along transport corridors.

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) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods

Number
1
Title
Plot Setup
Description
The sampling regime consists of three walking tracks transects with 200 m long, 3-4 m wide plots located along the transects. The three road-side transects are:
1) Heathy Spur foot-track (~5.4 km)
2) Fitzgerald's Track. (~3.5 km, from Big River Fire Trail to Fitzgeralds hut)
3) Alpine Walking Track from Basalt Temple to Cope Saddle (~9.7 km, transect went 1.2 km past Cope Saddle)
(Weed transect temporarily stopped at 9800 m which is the old Cope Hut-Mt Cope junction (metal sign-post). Pole 478 is at 9815 m.)
Instrument


Number
2
Title
Data Collection
Description
Within each plot, two people walk in a single file, approximately 5 m apart. Observers identify exotic species within 2 m either side of the walking line and assign an abundance score, which are:
• 1 = < 10 individuals per 100 m² = less than 0.1 individuals per m²
• 2 = 10 to 100 individuals per 100 m² = 0.1 to 1.0 individuals per m²
• 3 = > 100 individuals per 100 m² = more than 1.0 individuals per m²
Additionally, each exotic species observed is noted at the distance point when it first appears in that plot (if present in that plot).
Instrument
Handheld GPS unit


File Descriptions

Name
vasp_walking_track_weeds_2015_p589t851.csv
Description

abundance
definitionAbundance (species density)
ordinal enumeration codes
1< 10 individuals per 100 m² = less than 0.1 individuals per m²
210 to 100 individuals per 100 m² = 0.1 to 1.0 individuals per m²
3> 100 individuals per 100 m² = more than 1.0 individuals per m²
date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of survey
distance
definitionDistance at which exotic species is first observed in specified plot
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
notes
definitionGeneral observations
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records397
plot
definitionPlot identifier
ordinal text definitionNumeric
species
definitionScientific name of exotic species
nominal text definitionCharacter
track
definitionWalking track name
nominal text definitionCharacter
type
definitionNature of track within specified plot
nominal enumeration codes
Road margin (bitumen)Edge of currently used bitumen road (Bogong High Plains Road…)
Vehicle trk (old)Long established walking track (…20 yrs plus?)
Vehicle trk margin (management)Tracks used by authorised vehicles, walkers, possibly horses
Walking trk (new)Freshly created walking track (..less than 2 yrs?)
Walking trk (old)Old disused vehicle track now used as foot track only


Contact Emailbelln@unimelb.edu.au
ary@unimelb.edu.au
Contact AddressBio21 Institute
Departments of Genetics and Zoology
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Vic., 3010
Australia

Contact Phone Number+61 3 8344 2282
Principal InvestigatorAry Hoffman
SupervisorsAry Hoffman
CollaboratorsJohn Morgan
Henrick Wahren
Fields of Research0602 - Ecology
KeywordsGCMD: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 — Walking Track Monitoring
Type of Research ActivityPure basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
2015-01-162015-01-18
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextVictorian Alpine Plot Network Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Data
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -36.7325; southlimit = -37.13255; westlimit = 146.4542; eastLimit = 147.30667
Date of data creation2018-10-26
Year of data publication2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
AryHoffman
Publisher for CitationThe Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern6.299
PackageId:589
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 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
LicenceLTERN Deed: 7
Date of execution: 2016-10-10

Data Locationhttps://datacommons.anu.edu.au

Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5865
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