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

Abstract: 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.
Type
collection
Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Alpine Long Term Monitoring - Community Changes): Climatic Data, South-east Highlands, Australia, 2012–2014
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Climate Data Long Term Monitoring - Community Changes, 2012–2014
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3ff1c70c144
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
This 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 Description
Abstract: 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
1
Plot set-up
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.
2
Data collection
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
Temperature data loggers (DS1920 Thermochron®, Maxim Integrated Products)
File Descriptions
vltm_climatic_data_snowpatch_2012_2014_p20t572.csv
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 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
University of Melbourne
Fields of Research
0501 - Ecological Applications
Keywords
GCMD: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 Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2012
2014
Geospatial Location
text
South-east Highlands, Victoria, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -36.73575; southlimit = -37.49639; westlimit = 146.41728; eastLimit = 147.40598
Date of data creation
2014-10-09
Year of data publication
2014
Creator(s) for Citation
Ary
Hoffman
Publisher for Citation
Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australlan National University
Publications
doi
10.1071/BT9590012
The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. I. The environmental factors and the grassland communities.
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
doi
10.1071/BT9590034
The ecology of the Bogong High Plains. II. Fencing experiments in grassland Communities.
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
doi
10.1071/BT9790741
Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. 1. Grazing Trials in the Subalpine Zone, 1957-1971.
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
doi
10.1071/BT9790789
Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. II. Subalpine Range Transects, 1959-1978
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
doi
10.1071/BT9790833
Trends in Vegetation at Kosciusko. III. Alpine Range Transects, 1959-1978
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
doi
0.1071/BT9940607
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.
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
doi
10.1071/BT98029
Comparative Effects of Stock and Wild Vertebrate Herbivore Grazing on Treeless Subalpine Vegetation, Eastern Central Plateau, Tasmania.
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 Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern2.125; PackageId:20
Access Rights Type
Open
Rights held in and over the data
Creative Commons Licence (CC BY) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at http://creativecommons.org.au/licences
Licence Type
CC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service