Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates for Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects 4WD Track Data, South-East Highlands, Australia

Abstract: This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Road Transects 4WD Track Data Package comprises spatial data for Lowland-to-highland 4WD Roadside Transects in the South-East Highlands, Australia. Plots are located at attitudinally stratified intervals along transects. The transects follow major roads and management tracks in the Victorian Alps. Each track is divided into multiple altitudinal sectors in which generally a single plot is situated. 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: These plots are aim to collect and document the distribution of exotic (and native) species from foothills to mountain summits along transport corridors. 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: Due to the remote area where the plots are located, GPS co-ordinates were sometimes difficult to obtain, and consequently may contain minor errors. Project funding: Parks Victoria, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. Between 2012 and 2018 this project has been part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN was a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Type
collection
Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates for Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects 4WD Track Data, South-East Highlands, Australia
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects — 4WD Summit Plots
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c33f85a85ffd
Website Address
https://datacommons.anu.edu.au/
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Road Transects 4WD Track Data Package comprises spatial data for Lowland-to-highland 4WD 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
Abstract: This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Road Transects 4WD Track Data Package comprises spatial data for Lowland-to-highland 4WD Roadside Transects in the South-East Highlands, Australia. Plots are located at attitudinally stratified intervals along transects. The transects follow major roads and management tracks in the Victorian Alps. Each track is divided into multiple altitudinal sectors in which generally a single plot is situated. 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: These plots are aim to collect and document the distribution of exotic (and native) species from foothills to mountain summits along transport corridors. 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: Due to the remote area where the plots are located, GPS co-ordinates were sometimes difficult to obtain, and consequently may contain minor errors. Project funding: Parks Victoria, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. Between 2012 and 2018 this project has been part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN was a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods
1
Plot Setup
The sampling regime consists of transects with plots located at altitudinal intervals along the transects. The transects follow major roads and management tracks in the Victorian Alps.The transects are:
2014: Bluff, Cobbler, Mt Murray, Stirling, Wonnangatta
2015: Springs Track, Fainter North
2016: Road Twentyfour, The Lanes
Each 4WD track is divided into multiple sectors. These are spaced according to a simple formula: (highest altitude - lowest altitude) /(no. sectors - 1).
In each sector, one quadrat, 2 m x 50 m, is placed parallel to the 4WD track, except the track Fainter North where two quadrats were used.
File Descriptions
vasp_4WD_track_monitoring_spatial_data_p605t875.csv
datum
definitionDatum
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records144
road_type
definitionThe type of road
nominal text definitionCharacter
site_name
definitionSite identifier
nominal text definitionCharacter
utm_easting
definitionUTM Easting reference
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
utm_northing
definitionUTM Northing reference
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
Contact Email
j.morgan@latrobe.edu.au
Contact Address
La Trobe University Bundoora, Vic., 3086 Australia
Contact Phone Number
03 9479 2226
Principal Investigator
John Morgan
Supervisors
John Morgan
Collaborators
Henrick Wahren; Ary Hoffman
Fields of Research
0501 - Ecological Applications; 0602 - Ecology
Keywords
GCMD:Biological Classification > Plants Biosphere > 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 — 4WD
Type of Research Activity
Pure basic research
Geospatial Location
text
Victorian Alpine Plot Network Lowland-to-highland 4WD Track Transects Data
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -36.7325; southlimit = -37.13255; westlimit = 146.4542; eastLimit = 147.30667
Date of data creation
2015-05-28
Year of data publication
2015
Creator(s) for Citation
John
Morgan
Publisher for Citation
The Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern.143; PackageId:605
Access Rights Type
Restricted
Rights held in and over the data
AusGoal Restrictive Licence - This licence has been developed specifically for mateiral that may contain personal or other confidential information.
Licence Type
AusGoalRestrictive - AusGoal Restrictive Licence
Licence
Special conditions: Data users must request permission from the Data Provider before access to latitudinal and longitudinal data is granted.
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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