Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Long Term Monitoring - Community Changes): Climatic Data, South-east Highlands, Australia, 2012–2014

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TitleVictorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Long Term Monitoring - Community Changes): Climatic Data, South-east Highlands, Australia, 2012–2014
Alternate TitleVictorian Alpine Plot Network: Climate Data Long Term Monitoring - Community Changes, 2012–2014
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c3ff1c70c144
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThis Victorian Alpine Plot Network Climatic Data Package contains climate data collected between 2012 and 2014 at a sub-set of the 481 long term monitoring plots situated in the Australian Alps.

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: The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Climatic Data Package contains climate data collected at a sub-set of the 481 long term monitoring plots situated in the Australian Alps. The climate data monitoring data comprises average hourly air temperature and location data for each of the snowpatch monitoring sites.

This is part of a much larger dataset that spans from 1944, when plot were set up to document long-term changes in ecosystem composition and structure in relation to disturbance (see methods for more information). The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots are revisited on a 2–10 years basis.

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: This protocol was established during the 2011-12 season. Loggers are set to highest resolution (0.06°C) and are start delayed so that readings are recorded on the hour. We place both loggers 50 mm above the bare soil surface, attached to a wooden stake (100 mm wide) and facing south, hence shaded. Where temperature data from the two loggers is not within a 0.5°C range of each other we exclude the data which is consistent with procedures followed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. These data are downloaded every five (5) months before rollover occurs (4028 readings gives 167 days at the settings recommended).

Study extent: See sampling method

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

Number
1
Title
Plot set-up
Description
The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Climatic Data Package contains climate data collected at a sub-set of the 481 long term monitoring plots which have been established in Australian Alps and in Tasmania. The sampling regime within the Victorian Network generally consists of multiple randomly positioned transects within sites, (rather than ‘plots’ sensu stricto), with each site, and/or transect geo-located. Point quadrats are taken at fixed intervals along each transect. Point quadrats are taken using a 4 mm diameter steel pin inserted vertically into the vegetation. The number of transects within sites, and sampling frequency varies from annual to decadal, depending on site and purpose.
See the following for further information on the initial plot selection:
Carr SGM, Turner JS (1959a) The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. I. The environmental factors and the grassland communities. Australian Journal of Botany 7, 12-33.
Carr SGM, Turner JS (1959b) The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. II. Fencing experiments in grassland Communities. Australian Journal of Botany 7, 34-63.
Wimbush D, Costin A (1979) Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. Parts I, II, and III. Australian Journal of Botany 27(6), 741-871.
Wahren C-HA, Papst WA, Williams RJ (1994) Long-Term Vegetation Change in Relation to Cattle Grazing in Sub-Alpine Grassland and Heathland on the Bogong High-Plains: an Analysis of Vegetation Records From 1945 to 1994. Australian Journal of Botany 42(6), 607-639
Kirkpatrick JB, Bridle KL (1999) Comparative Effects of Stock and Wild Vertebrate Herbivore Grazing on Treeless Subalpine Vegetation, Eastern Central Plateau, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Botany 47(6), 817-834.
Instrument


Number
2
Title
Data collection
Description
The climate monitoring involved the collection of a suite of climatic variables, including average hourly air temperature recorded using two temperature data loggers (DS1920 Thermochron®, Maxim Integrated Products, 120 San Gabriel Drive, Sunnyvale, CA). This protocol was established during the 2011-12 season. Loggers are set to highest resolution (0.06°C) and are start delayed so that readings are recorded on the hour. We place both loggers 50 mm above the bare soil surface, attached to a wooden stake (100 mm wide) and facing south, hence shaded. Where temperature data from the two loggers is not within a 0.5°C range of each other we exclude the data which is consistent with procedures followed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. These data are downloaded every five (5) months before rollover occurs (4028 readings gives 167 days at the settings recommended).
Note the equivalence of the following site codes in accompanying spatial data:
1) AussieDrift_A; AussieDrift_B = ADRIFT_SNP
2) BakersSpurSNPA = BAKER_SNP1
3) CopeHutSNPA, CopeHutSNPB = COPEHUT_SNP
4) CopeSNPA, CopeSNPB, MtCopeSNP1_A, MtCopeSNP1_B, MtCopeSNPB, CopeSNP_A, CopeSNP_B = COPE_SNP1
5) HeathySpurSNPA, HeathySpurSNPB = HEATHY_SNP1
6) NelseNorthSNP2A, NelseNorthSNP2Asecondsetloggers, NelseNorthSNP2B = NELSENTH_SNP2
7) SpionKopjeSNPA, SpionKopjeSNPBonground = SPION_SNP1
Instrument
Temperature data loggers (DS1920 Thermochron®, Maxim Integrated Products)


File Descriptions

Name
vltm_climatic_data_snowpatch_2012_2014_p20t572.csv
Description

date
date time formatDD/MM/YYYY
definitionDate of observation
location
definitionLocation
nominal text definitionCharacter
temperature
definitionTemperature
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
time
definitionTime of observation
nominal text definitionhh:mm


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
CollaboratorsUniversity of Melbourne
Fields of Research0501 - Ecological Applications
KeywordsGCMD:Earth Science Services > Models > Weather Research
LTERN Monitoring Theme:On plot weather
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Climate change
Victorian Alpine
Long Term Monitoring - Community Changes
Climate Data
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
20122014
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextSouth-east Highlands, Victoria, Australia
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -36.73575; southlimit = -37.49639; westlimit = 146.41728; eastLimit = 147.40598
Date of data creation2014-10-09
Year of data publication2014
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
AryHoffman
Publisher for CitationLong Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australlan National University
Publications

Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1071/BT9590012
Publication Title
The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. I. The environmental factors and the grassland communities.
Publication Reference
Carr SGM, Turner JS (1959a) The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. I. The environmental factors and the grassland communities. Australian Journal of Botany 7, 12-33, https://doi.org/10.1071/BT9590012


Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1071/BT9590034
Publication Title
The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. II. Fencing experiments in grassland Communities.
Publication Reference
Carr SGM, Turner JS (1959b) The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. II. Fencing experiments in grassland Communities. Australian Journal of Botany 7, 34-63, https://doi.org/10.1071/BT9590034


Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1071/BT9790741
Publication Title
Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. 1. Grazing Trials in the Subalpine Zone, 1957-1971.
Publication Reference
Wimbush D, Costin A (1979) Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. 1. Grazing Trials in the Subalpine Zone, 1957-1971. Australian Journal of Botany 27(6), 741-787, https://doi.org/10.1071/BT9790741


Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1071/BT9790789
Publication Title
Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. II. Subalpine Range Transects, 1959-1978
Publication Reference
Wimbush D, Costin A (1979) Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. II. Subalpine Range Transects, 1959-1978. Australian Journal of Botany 27(6), 789-831, https://doi.org/10.1071/BT9790789


Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1071/BT9790833
Publication Title
Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. III. Alpine Range Transects, 1959-1978
Publication Reference
Wimbush D, Costin A (1979) Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. III. Alpine Range Transects, 1959-1978. Australian Journal of Botany 27(6), 833-871, https://doi.org/10.1071/BT9790833


Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
0.1071/BT9940607
Publication Title
Long-Term Vegetation Change in Relation to Cattle Grazing in Sub-Alpine Grassland and Heathland on the Bogong High-Plains: an Analysis of Vegetation Records From 1945 to 1994.
Publication Reference
Wahren C-HA, Papst WA, Williams RJ (1994) Long-Term Vegetation Change in Relation to Cattle Grazing in Sub-Alpine Grassland and Heathland on the Bogong High-Plains: an Analysis of Vegetation Records From 1945 to 1994. Australian Journal of Botany 42(6), 607-639, https://doi.org/10.1071/BT9940607


Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1071/BT98029
Publication Title
Comparative Effects of Stock and Wild Vertebrate Herbivore Grazing on Treeless Subalpine Vegetation, Eastern Central Plateau, Tasmania.
Publication Reference
Kirkpatrick JB, Bridle KL (1999) Comparative Effects of Stock and Wild Vertebrate Herbivore Grazing on Treeless Subalpine Vegetation, Eastern Central Plateau, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Botany 47(6), 817-834, https://doi.org/10.1071/BT98029


Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern2.125
PackageId:20
Access Rights TypeOpen
Rights held in and over the dataCreative Commons Licence (CC BY) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at http://creativecommons.org.au/licences
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5884
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