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

Abstract: 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: 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 has been part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN is a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). TERN is 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 Data, South-East Highlands, Australia
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Lowland-to-highland Roadside Transects Summit Plots
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c34096ea0f15
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. 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 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: 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 has been part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN). LTERN is a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
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
2) Shannonvale to the Bogong High Plains
3) Harrietville to Mt Hotham
4) Dargo to the Dargo High Plains
5) Licola to The Howitt Plains
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
File Descriptions
vasp_roadside_transects_site_details_p127t264.csv
datum
definitionDatum
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records99
road_type
definitionThe type of road
nominal text definitionCharacter
site_name
definitionSite identifier (used in 2017 survey)
nominal text definitionCharacter
site_name_alt
definitionSite identifier (used in 2012 data)
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
belln@unimelb.edu.au; ary@unimelb.edu.au
Contact Address
Bio21 Institute Departments of Genetics and Zoology University of Melbourne 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 > 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
Strategic basic research
Geospatial Location
text
Victorian Alpine Summit, South-East Highlands, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -36.7325; southlimit = -37.13255; westlimit = 146.4542; eastLimit = 147.30667
Date of data creation
2014-09-05
Year of data publication
2014
Creator(s) for Citation
Ary
Hoffman
Publisher for Citation
Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern2.188; PackageId:127
Access Rights
Data users must request permission from the Data Provider before access to latitudinal and longitudinal data is granted.
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
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service
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