Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Phenology Studies): Climate Data, South-east Highlands, Australia, 2012-2018

Abstract: These data comprise two sets of average hourly temperature data, each for a subset of the 481 long term monitoring plots which have been established in Australian Alps between 2012 and 2018. This is part of a dataset that spans from data collected in 2011 to document long-term effects directly through climate and indirectly through biotic interactions. The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots are revisited 4 times per year. 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 Study extent: Data is not continuous from 2012 to 2018 - not all sites were surveyed each round. 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 (Phenology Studies): Climate Data, South-east Highlands, Australia, 2012-2018
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Climate Data Phenology Studies, 2012-2018
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3ffd0d78297
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
These data comprise two sets of average hourly temperature data, each for a subset of the 481 long term monitoring plots which have been established in Australian Alps between 2012 and 2018. 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: These data comprise two sets of average hourly temperature data, each for a subset of the 481 long term monitoring plots which have been established in Australian Alps between 2012 and 2018. This is part of a dataset that spans from data collected in 2011 to document long-term effects directly through climate and indirectly through biotic interactions. The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots are revisited 4 times per year. 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 Study extent: Data is not continuous from 2012 to 2018 - not all sites were surveyed each round. 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
Transects were established as a natural experiment - to provide infrastructure to validate the findings from the ATEX manipulated, experimental plots. The aim is to describe the phenological responses of alpine plants to environmental variables and assess the usefulness of this measure to assess vulnerability to changing abiotic (e.g. climate) and biotic (e.g. invasive species) factors. The Victorian Alpine Plot Network research plots commenced in 1996 and were revisited annually for 3 years and then on a decadal basis.
These new transects were established in November 2011 to cover a range of elevations. On the Bogong High Plains one set of six transects runs from Buckety Plain to Mt Nelse and another set of plots from Wild Horse Creek to Mt Nelse, with the Mt Nelse point common to both sets. Five sampling transects were also established at Mount Hotham. There are 18 transects in total, which range in altitude from 1400 m to 1880 m. At each site a permanent transect has been established with a geo-located red gum peg marking the start.
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Temperature data logging
Monitoring of a suite of climatic variables occurs at a subset of long term plots. Average hourly air temperature is 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 set 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.
2 x DS1920 Thermochron® temperature data loggers
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Data retrieval
These data are downloaded every five months before rollover occurs (4028 readings gives 167 days at the settings recommended). The exact date is subject to weather conditions, and accessibility of the sites.
File Descriptions
vphs_phenology_climate_data_2012+_p973t1248.csv
date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
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location
definitionSite name
nominal text definitionCharacter
location_comments
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nominal text definitionCharacter
temperature
definitionAverage hourly temperature
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitcelsius
time
date time formathh:mm
definitionTime of record (24 hour time)
Contact Email
belln@unimelb.edu.au; ary@unimelb.edu.au; r.woodward@unsw.edu.au; chwahren@gmail.com; james.camac@gmail.com; j.morgan@latrobe.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; +61 2 9585 6051; +61 400 972 404; +61 3 9479 2226; +61 3 9479 1230; +61 428 810 214
Principal Investigator
Ary Hoffman
Supervisors
Ary Hoffman
Collaborators
Renee Woodward; C H Wahren; James Camac; John Morgan
Fields of Research
0501 - Ecological Applications; 0602 - Ecology
Keywords
GCMD:Earth Science Services > Models > Weather Research/Forecast Model; GCMD:Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature; LTERN Monitoring Theme:On plot weather; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Climate change; keyword:Temperature; keyword:Weather; keyword:Alpine; Victorian Alpine; Phenology Studies; Climate Data
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2012
2018
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
2018-11-02
Year of data publication
2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Ary
Hoffman
Dick
Williams
Henrick
Wahren
James
Camac
John
Morgan
Warwick
Papst
Publisher for Citation
Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern7.142; PackageId:973
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
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