CSPs: Distances between CSPs (in km) based on GPS information

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Cite the data as follows:

Eichenberg, D. (2015): CSPs: Distances between CSPs (in km) based on GPS information. (Accessed through URL: http://china.befdata.biow.uni-leipzig.de/datasets/484)

Dataset Abstract

This dataset provides a distance matrix wich gives the distances between the CSPs in the Gutianshan National Nature reserve (29º8'18" – 29º17'29" N, 118º2'14" – 118º11'12" E, Zhejiang Province Southeast China). The distances are based on the spatial information available from the dataset "Comparative study plot (CSP) information to be shared with all BEF-China scientists" (http://china.befdata.biow.uni-leipzig.de/datasets/205). Be aware that for some CSPs (CSP4, CSP12) the accuracy of the GPS information may not be very high due to the high in-site spatial heterogeneity and dense canopy-cover.
The distances were calculated in km using the function rdist.earth() in R (library: fields). For the calculation of distances, the earth's radius was set to mean earth's radius (6371km, default for function= 6378.4km at equator) to correct for the fact that the earth is not a perfect sphere. Only the lower triangle of the matrix is given here, as the upper triangle contains redundant information.

Dataset Design

According the the metadata given in the dataset "Comparative study plot (CSP) information to be shared with all BEF-China scientists" (http://china.befdata.biow.uni-leipzig.de/datasets/205) 27 CSPs were established between May and July 2008. Species recording was performed between May and October 2008 with several visits per plot. Each CSP has a size of 30 m by 30 m. The corners of every CSP were permanently marked with magnets. Spatial information was collected using geko 201. It is unclear wheter every GPS information for each CSP comes from the south-west corner of the CSP. However, for the purpose of calculationg rough distances between the CSps the data can be judged to be of sufficient accuracy.

Measurement Circumstances

Be aware that for some CSPs (CSP4, CSP12) the accuracy of the GPS information may not be very high due to the high in-site spatial heterogeneity and dense canopy-cover.
It is unclear wheter every GPS information for each CSP comes from the south-west corner of the CSP. However, for the purpose of calculationg rough distances between the CSps the data can be judged to be of sufficient accuracy.

Data Analysis

This matrix can be used as additional information and covariate for spatial analyses on the CSPs.
If a mean distance between all CSPs is required: 3.402 km
(this can be directly extracted from the dataset in R using the following function (available in the library: gdata):
mean(lowerTriangle(([,2:28],diag=F))
where is the R object to which the dataset was imported.)

Data columns available in the raw data part of this dataset

Plot
Cormparative Study Plot of the BEF-China Experiment. Comparative Study Plots (CSP) in the Gutianshan Nature Reserve (29º8'18" – 29º17'29" N, 118º2'14" – 118º11'12" E, Zhejiang Province Southeast China), having a size of 30x30m^2, measured on the ground. Plots were assigned to five strata according to the average age of tree layer individuals (1: < 20 yrs, 2: < 40 yrs, 3: < 60 yrs, 4: < 80 yrs, 5: > 80 yrs). Information on plot age can be obtained from the dataset "Comparative study plot (CSP) information to be shared with all BEF-China scientists" (http://china.befdata.biow.uni-leipzig.de/datasets/205).
Data group: BEF research plot name
Keywords: CSP, Gutianshan
Values
CSP04
CSP01
CSP05
CSP02
CSP03
CSP01
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 1 Coodinates: longitude: 118.11587 (E), latitude: 29.23957 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Keywords: CSP, location, latitude, longitude, distance
Values
0.749068583
0.575475146
0
0.428800714
0.794815432
CSP02
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 2 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13484 (E), latitude: 29.24926 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0.908938665
0.36686408
0
0.268334448
0.038583345
CSP03
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 3 Coodinates: longitude: 118.12402 (E), latitude: 29.23885 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Keywords: CSP, location, distance, GPS
Values
0.703971321
0
1.189907044
1.122697004
1.120634825
CSP04
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 4 Coodinates: longitude: 118.12015 (E), latitude: 29.24963 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0.532189414
0.830113904
0.659003627
0.171865353
0
CSP05
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 5 Coodinates: longitude: 118.1122 (E), latitude: 29.24687 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0.471977334
0
0.67483491
0.394180629
0.540197621
CSP06
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 6 Coodinates: longitude: 118.14747 (E), latitude: 29.25497 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
1.412533589
0
1.341538827
0.502771306
1.069518585
CSP07
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 7 Coodinates: longitude: 118.14373 (E), latitude: 29.25184 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0.871363415
1.375685075
1.99818183
0.913311016
1.264546938
CSP08
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 8 Coodinates: longitude: 118.11019 (E), latitude: 29.24106 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0.825010802
0
1.034665315
0.321257808
0.361261604
CSP09
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 9 Coodinates: longitude: 118.11337 (E), latitude: 29.24275 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
1.122979966
0.48139942
0.499438407
1.109071359
0
CSP10
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 10 Coodinates: longitude: 118.15791 (E), latitude: 29.25188 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
2.186664667
0
2.622268253
2.221813131
3.206659531
CSP11
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 11 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13647 (E), latitude: 29.27383 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
2.791836262
0
3.063170264
2.973631471
2.714929752
CSP12
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 12 Coodinates: longitude: 118.1219 (E), latitude: 29.24939 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
1.288406839
0
0.650232918
0.538852584
0.889019793
CSP13
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 13 Coodinates: longitude: 118.11621 (E), latitude: 29.2463 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
1.659540023
0.83337089
1.475657339
0.82477732
0
CSP14
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 14 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13518 (E), latitude: 29.24944 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
1.130548895
0.274602134
2.694330013
0
0.400839212
CSP15
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 15 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13106 (E), latitude: 29.24917 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
3.13465544
0.536534553
2.300754377
0
0.76838614
CSP16
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 16 Coodinates: longitude: 118.09966 (E), latitude: 29.24253 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0
0.842179826
2.438323704
3.615045603
3.566856284
CSP17
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 17 Coodinates: longitude: 118.10828 (E), latitude: 29.24342 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
3.423767631
2.7250203
4.02660116
1.596147945
3.693838025
CSP18
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 18 Coodinates: longitude: 118.12461 (E), latitude: 29.24516 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
1.130475028
3.511519123
0
3.378942347
3.188714785
CSP19
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 19 Coodinates: longitude: 118.08389 (E), latitude: 29.28045 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
6.273834743
1.135591421
0.761596534
0.414910861
0
CSP20
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 20 Coodinates: longitude: 118.08803 (E), latitude: 29.28139 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0
6.020341632
1.38870675
8.077998258
0.55274705
CSP21
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 21 Coodinates: longitude: 118.09066 (E), latitude: 29.27698 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
5.959307805
7.71644874
1.188314611
7.345845546
0
CSP22
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 22 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13723 (E), latitude: 29.2145 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
5.516667548
7.747740069
7.526511585
0
8.124484027
CSP23
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 23 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13469 (E), latitude: 29.21483 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0
3.625651149
0.249224704
1.522371034
0.624010992
CSP24
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 24 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13155 (E), latitude: 29.21713 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
3.589574999
0
1.275260149
NA
0.397832435
CSP25
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 25 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13155 (E), latitude: 29.21713 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
1.001946452
0
NA
3.359894666
CSP26
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 26 Coodinates: longitude: 118.12155 (E), latitude: 29.21489 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
3.847010413
0
NA
CSP27
This column indicates the distance to the respective CSP in the respective row. Comparative Study Plot 27 Coodinates: longitude: 118.13605 (E), latitude: 29.24709 (N).
Unit: km
Data group: Helper
Values
0
NA