Victorian Alpine Plot Network (ATEX): Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates, South-east Highlands, Australia

Abstract: This data package contains spatial data and plot details for four sites situated on the Bogong High Plains that form the Australian Tundra Experiment (ATEX). Sites, which comprise multiple 1 square metre plots, are visited every second snow-free season. Responses in the growth and phenology of individual species and life forms, and changes to community composition and diversity are monitored according to internationally agreed-to protocols of the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX). Data collected from the plots can then be used to generate predictions, which can be across elevation (and thus temperature) gradients, and assess above ground effects on carbon storage. This is part of a larger dataset that spans from during data collected in 2003 to document long-term effects of climate change (see methods for more information). The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots are revisited on a biannual basis, though measurements taken during surveys differ from visit to visit. 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. Project funding: 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 (ATEX): Plot Details - Spatial Coordinates, South-east Highlands, Australia
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Spatial data ATEX
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3ece57d2fea
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
This data package contains spatial data and plot details for four sites situated on the Bogong High Plains that form the Australian Tundra Experiment (ATEX). 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 data package contains spatial data and plot details for four sites situated on the Bogong High Plains that form the Australian Tundra Experiment (ATEX). Sites, which comprise multiple 1 square metre plots, are visited every second snow-free season. Responses in the growth and phenology of individual species and life forms, and changes to community composition and diversity are monitored according to internationally agreed-to protocols of the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX). Data collected from the plots can then be used to generate predictions, which can be across elevation (and thus temperature) gradients, and assess above ground effects on carbon storage. This is part of a larger dataset that spans from during data collected in 2003 to document long-term effects of climate change (see methods for more information). The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots are revisited on a biannual basis, though measurements taken during surveys differ from visit to visit. 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. Project funding: 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
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Plot set-up
Alpine environments globally are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly warming. To examine the effects of climate change on alpine ecosystems, a climate change experiment was established on the Bogong High Plains in 2003. The experiment aims to assess the likely response of vegetation and invertebrates to temperature increases attained via a passive warming experiment.
Following the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) protocol (Molau and Mølgaard 1996; Jarrad et al. 2009; Wahren et al. 2013), four open-heathland ATEX field sites, two burnt and two unburnt, were established in the Rocky Knobs area (36.90ºS, 147.27ºE) on the Bogong High Plains in 2003. The burnt and unburnt sites were ca. 1.7 km apart while within burn-type, each of the sites were separated by approximately 0.5 km. At each of the two unburnt sites, 26 x 1 m2 plots are located along permanently marked transects. Transects are 10 m apart, 50 m long, and are marked with sturdy, red gum end-pegs. At each unburnt site, 13 of the plots are covered by a hexagonal perspex open-topped chamber (OTC; base diameter 168 cm, top diameter 110 cm) and the remaining, control plots are uncovered. At each of the two burnt sites there are 14 x 1m2 plots, seven of which are covered by an OTC, and seven of which are uncovered, controls. The chambers change the microclimate of the plots during the growing season – raising the ambient temperature by about 1-1.5°C and reducing soil moisture by 5-10%.
Red gum end-pegs
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Data Collection
Data collected at the ATEX sites include vegetation growth, vegetation phenology, plant species composition, climate data and invertebrate diversity.
File Descriptions
vatx_atex_field_sites_spatial_details_p978t1257.csv
number of records81
pq_plot
definitionPoint quadrat plot identifier
ordinal text definitionCharacter
pq_treatment
definitionPoint quadrat treatment
nominal enumeration codes
CTLControl plot (no treatment)
OTCOpen-topped chamber
site_name
definitionPoint quadrat site
nominal text definitionCharacter
utm_e
definitionEasting (WGS84 Zone 55S)
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
utm_n
definitionNorthing (WGS84 Zone 55S)
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
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
Fields of Research
0501 - Ecological Applications
Keywords
keyword:Spatial coordinates; keyword:Plot details; keyword:Plot setup; Victorian Alpine; ATEX; Spatial data
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Geospatial Location
text
Victorian Alpine Summit, South-east Highlands, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -36.73575; southlimit = -37.49639; westlimit = 146.41728; eastLimit = 147.40598
Date of data creation
2018-11-15
Year of data publication
2018
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:ltern6.244; PackageId:978
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. It may also be used for other reasons, including material to be licenced under some form of limiting or restrictive condiation
Licence Type
AusGoalRestrictive - AusGoal Restrictive Licence
Licence
LTERN Deed: 7 Date of execution: 2016-10-10
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service