CSPs: Herb layer characterization of the central plot in the CSPs

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Dataset Abstract

Characterization of the biotic and abiotic conditions give an insight into the structure of the habitat. The presence of dead wood or open soil can act as an indicator for disturbance as well as heterogenity. Therefore this data are indispensable for assessment of ecosystem attributes.

Dataset Design

The CSPs were established in May - June 2008 in the Gutianshan Nature Reserve as well as outside the Nature Reserve. The CSPs have a size of 30 x 30 metres and are exposed to the north. The central plot hold a size of 10 x 10 metres and is situated in the centre.

Spatial Extent

The study was performed in the central plots (10 x 10 metres) of the 27 Comparative Study Plots (CSPs) in Gutianshan Nature Reserve. The survey was done between May - July 2008.

Published

Both S, Fang T, Böhnke M, Bruelheide H, Geißler C, Kühn P, Scholten T, Trogisch S, Erfmeier A (2011). Lack of tree layer control on herb layer characteristics in a subtropical forest, China. Journal of Vegetation Science 22(6): 1120–1131 . http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01324.x/abstract   

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Published

2012

Data columns available in the raw data part of this dataset

CSP
name of the CSP in the Nature ReserveBEF research plot nameReasearch plots of the Biodiversity - Ecosystem functioning experiment (BEF-China). There are three main sites for research plots in the BEF Experiment: Comparative Study Plots (CSP) in the Gutianshan Nature Reserve, having a size of 30x30m^2, measured on the ground.
Data group: BEF research plot name
Keywords: CSP, location
Values
CSP01
CSP02
CSP05
CSP04
CSP03
date
dateDate time information
Data group: Date time information
Keywords: date
Values
2008-05-15 00:00:00
2008-06-03 00:00:00
2008-05-31 00:00:00
2008-05-16 00:00:00
2008-05-27 00:00:00
type
type of herblayer compartment estimated
Data group: Vegetation cover type
Keywords: cover, variable
Values
dead wood
rocks
litter
herb
open soil
cover
cover visually estimated
Unit: percent
Data group: Vegetation layer cover
Keywords: response variable, cover
Values
0
15
10
1
2