Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Vegetation Life-form Data, South-East Highlands, Australia, 2017

Typecollection
TitleVictorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Summit Plots): Vegetation Life-form Data, South-East Highlands, Australia, 2017
Alternate TitleVictorian Alpine Plot Network: Vegetation – Life Form Cover Summit Plots, 2017
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c33fc548e79c
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThis Victorian Alpine Plot Network Vegetation Life Form Data Package comprises line intercept data for alpine mountain summits in the Australian Alps collected in 2017.

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 Network Vegetation Life Form Data Package comprises line intercept data for alpine mountain summits in the Australian Alps. For each mountain summit, four varying length permanent transects have been established. These transects extend downslope, along each cardinal and inter-cardinal directions, to a point situated 5 altitudinal metres below the summit. Along each transect, plant and substrate attributes recorded include dominant life form classes, the ‘presence’ of dominant plant species and substrate ‘type’ when vegetation is absent.

This 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 12 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: No limitations or missing units in temporal coverage have been referred to in the Conceptual Design.

Project funding: Australian Geographic and Holsworth Fund. 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

Number
1
Title
Plot Setup
Description
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 run from the summit to the north, south, west and east.
Instrument
None specified


Number
2
Title
Data Collection
Description
Along each transect, line intercepts (to the nearest centimetre) are recorded for each of the dominant classes (grasses, herbs, shrubs), noting dominant species, as well as ground cover condition when vegetation is absent (bare ground, rock). These data are converted to percentage cover per transect to detect structural changes.
Instrument
None specified


File Descriptions

Name
vasp_vegetation_life-form_cover_2017_p784t1098.csv
Description

cover
definitionDominant vegetation class and substrate type. NA is used for data that has not been collected, as the transects vary in length and measurements are not taken at every distance.
nominal text definitionCharacter
date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of record
descriptionVictorian Alpine Plot Network Alpine/ Sub-alpine Vegetation Life-form Data.
direction
definitionCardinal and sub-cardinal points
ordinal text definitionCharacter
metres
definitionDistance along transect
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitmeter
number of records28001
site
definitionSite characteristic: Alpine Summit transect location
nominal text definitionText


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
CollaboratorsHenrick Wahren
Susanna Venn
John Morgan
Fields of Research0602 Ecology
KeywordsGCMD: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:Species richness
keyword:Alpine National Park
keyword:Alpine summits
keyword:Dominant classes
keyword:Compositional changes
Victorian Alpine
Summit Plots
Vegetation – Life Form Cover
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
2017
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextAlpine Summit, Australian Alps
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -36.7325; southlimit = -37.13255; westlimit = 146.4542; eastLimit = 147.30667
Date of data creation2017-12-06
Year of data publication2017
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
AryHoffman
Publisher for CitationLong Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern.366
PackageId:784
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
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5876
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