Victorian Alpine Plot Network (Phenology Studies): Vegetation – Phenology Transect, South-east Highlands, Australia, 2011-2014

Abstract: The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Vegetation – Phenology Transect Package contains phenology data which are sampled on the same dates, three times a year at transects situated at an altitude of 1400 m to 1880 m. These 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 phonological 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. This is part of a dataset that spans from during data collected between 2011 and 2014 to document long-term effects directly through climate and indirectly through biotic interactions (see methods for more information). 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. 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): Vegetation – Phenology Transect, South-east Highlands, Australia, 2011-2014
Alternate Title
Victorian Alpine Plot Network: Vegetation – Phenology Transect ATEX, 2011-2014
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c4001960be9e
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
The Victorian Alpine Plot Network Vegetation – Phenology Transect Package contains phenology data which was sampled between 2011 and 2014 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 Vegetation – Phenology Transect Package contains phenology data which are sampled on the same dates, three times a year at transects situated at an altitude of 1400 m to 1880 m. These 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 phonological 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. This is part of a dataset that spans from during data collected between 2011 and 2014 to document long-term effects directly through climate and indirectly through biotic interactions (see methods for more information). 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. 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. Transects are sampled on the same dates, three times a year: early season (Bogong High Plains 10-13 November, Hotham 15 November), mid-season (BHPs 17-20 December, Hotham 22 December) and late season (BHPs 18-22 February, Hotham 24 February).
2
Data Collection
Sampling area within transect: A 30 m tape is run from the red gum peg with the temperature sensors in the direction given in Table 1. Each transect is a minimum of 10 m and is mostly be run out to 30 m. Species are recorded along the tape and where necessary within 1 m each side of the tape. If a larger search area is required we continue beyond 30 m and a greater distance either side of the tape. The search area is variable in area so that each species on the data sheet is located, and to ensure that sufficient numbers of individuals are sampled at each site to estimate flowering time.
Phenological traits are recorded, including but not limited to the following:
1) Bud - Appearance of first floral bud or inflorescence
2) Bud open - When the bud has just opened; usually one can see the petals
3) Flower open - When the flower is open but less than 50% of anthers are showing or less than 50% of the ray florets have opened
4) First flower - When the first flower has opened on a shrub
5) Flowering under 50% - When less than 50% of the buds on a shrub have opened and are flowering
6) Last flowers - When only a handful of flowers are left on a shrub
7) Last petal - When all petals have dropped and the flower has finished flowering
8) Seed mature - When the first seed has matured
9) Seed mature under 50% - When less than 50% of the seeds on a shrub have matured
10) Seed dropped - When the seed has dropped. Mainly for Pimelea alpina because it is hard to tell if it has aborted or dropped all its seed
3
Taxonomy
This package uses the following synonyms:
1) Craspedia coolaminica for Craspedia gracilis
2) Craspedia jamesii for Craspedia aurantia var. jamesii
3) Erigeron bellidioides for Pappochroma bellidioides
4) Erigeron nitidus for Pappochroma nitidum
5) Euchiton fordianus for Argyrotegium fordianum
File Descriptions
vphs_phenology_transect_2011-2014_p972t1249.csv
broad
definitionBroad classification of life-form
nominal text definitionCharacter
family
definitionPlant family
nominal text definitionCharacter
individual
definitionCount of individuals at each site for each date – generally 20 individuals were sampled
ratio number typenatural
ratio standard unitnumber
narrow
definitionNarrow classification of life-form
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records47382
phen_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionSurvey date
phen_site
definitionSite code
nominal text definitionCharacter
phen_trait
definitionPhenological trait
nominal text definitionCharacter
phen_trait_code
definitionPhenological trait code
nominal text definitionCharacter
site_name
definitionSite name
nominal text definitionCharacter
species
definitionPlant species (scientific name)
nominal text definitionCharacter
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
0602 - Ecology; 0607 - Plant Biology
Keywords
GCMD:Earth Science > Biosphere > Vegetation; GCMD:Earth Science > Biosphere > Vegetation > Plant Phenology; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Individual plants; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant species composition; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant phenology; Victorian Alpine; ATEX; Vegetation – Phenology Transect
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2011
2014
Geospatial Location
text
South-east Highlands, Vcitoria, 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
Publisher for Citation
Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern6.359; PackageId:972
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