Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates for Vegetation Data, South-East Highlands, Australia

Abstract: This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Vegetation Data Package comprises spatial data for vegetation surveys (composition and life-form) in the South-East Highlands, Australia. Twenty 1 metre squared quadrats are situated along each of four varying length permanent transects established on mountain summits. 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: A global climate change and mountain environments monitoring network - The Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA; http://www.gloria.ac.at) - was established in 2001 to detect long-term vegetation change on alpine mountain summits. Observations focus on changes in species richness with respect to local temperatures and altitude. Five mountain summit survey sites were established in the Kosciuszko National Park in 2004 and several in the Victorian Alpine National Park in 2006. There are currently 14 such summits, encompassing the geographic distribution of high alpine summits in the Australian Alps, with each to be surveyed at 5-year intervals. Study extent: Vegetation surveys were carried out at these plots in 2004, 2012 and 2017. Project funding: Parks Victoria, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. 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.
Type
collection
Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates for Vegetation Data, South-East Highlands, Australia
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Spatial data Summit Plots
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3ec2ac584e6
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
This Victorian Alpine Plot Network Vegetation Data Package comprises spatial data for vegetation surveys (composition and life-form) in the South-East Highlands, Australia. Twenty 1 metre squared quadrats are situated along each of four varying length permanent transects established on mountain summits. 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 Vegetation Data Package comprises spatial data for vegetation surveys (composition and life-form) in the South-East Highlands, Australia. Twenty 1 metre squared quadrats are situated along each of four varying length permanent transects established on mountain summits. 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: A global climate change and mountain environments monitoring network - The Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA; http://www.gloria.ac.at) - was established in 2001 to detect long-term vegetation change on alpine mountain summits. Observations focus on changes in species richness with respect to local temperatures and altitude. Five mountain summit survey sites were established in the Kosciuszko National Park in 2004 and several in the Victorian Alpine National Park in 2006. There are currently 14 such summits, encompassing the geographic distribution of high alpine summits in the Australian Alps, with each to be surveyed at 5-year intervals. Study extent: Vegetation surveys were carried out at these plots in 2004, 2012 and 2017. Project funding: Parks Victoria, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. 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.
Methods
1
Plot Setup
For each mountain summit, four variable length permanent transects have been established that run from the summit, downslope, to a contour 5 m in elevation below the highest point (the ‘-5 m contour’). Transects extend from the summit to the north (0 deg), south (180 deg), west (270 deg) and east (90 deg). For each transect 20 x 1 m2 quadrats are randomly distributed from the summit to the -5 m contour, five on each slope/aspect.
File Descriptions
vasp_vegetation_site_details_p979t1258.csv
lat
definitionLatitude (GDA94)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitdegree
long
definitionLongitude (GDA94)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitdegree
number of records14
site
definitionSite name
nominal text definitionCharacter
Contact Email
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
0501 - Ecological Applications
Keywords
keyword:Spatial coordinates; keyword:Plot setup; Victorian Alpine; Summit Plots; Spatial data
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Geospatial Location
text
Alpine Summits, Australian Alps
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -36.7325; southlimit = -37.13255; westlimit = 146.4542; eastLimit = 147.30667
Date of data creation
2018-10-26
Year of data publication
2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Ary
Hoffman
Publisher for Citation
The Australian National University Data Commons
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern6.304; PackageId:979
Access Rights
Data users must request permission from the Data Provider before access to latitudinal and longitudinal data is granted.
Access Rights Type
Restricted
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
Related items