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Record number 417058
Title The Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases 1 (GIVD): a new resource for vegetation science
Author(s) Dengler, J.; Jansen, F.; Glockler, F.; Schaminee, J.H.J.
Source Journal of Vegetation Science 22 (2011)4. - ISSN 1100-9233 - p. 582 - 597.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01265.x
Department(s) CE - Vegetation and Landscape Ecology
Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) plant-communities - species richness - tropical forests - central-europe - environment relationships - scale dependence - ecological data - alien plants - rain-forest - base-line
Abstract Question: How many vegetation plot observations (relevés) are available in electronic databases, how are they geographically distributed, what are their properties and how might they be discovered and located for research and application? Location: Global. Methods: We compiled the Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD; http://www.givd.info), an Internet resource aimed at registering metadata on existing vegetation databases. For inclusion, databases need to (i) contain temporally and spatially explicit species co-occurrence data and (ii) be accessible to the scientific public. This paper summarizes structure and data quality of databases registered in GIVD as of 30 December 2010. Results: On the given date, 132 databases containing more than 2.4 million non-overlapping plots had been registered in GIVD. The majority of these data were in European databases (83 databases, 1.6 million plots), whereas other continents were represented by substantially less (North America 15, Asia 13, Africa nine, South America seven, Australasia two, multi-continental three). The oldest plot observation was 1864, but most plots were recorded after 1970. Most plots reported vegetation on areas of 1 to 1000 m2; some also stored time-series and nested-plot data. Apart from geographic reference (required for inclusion), most frequent information was on altitude (71%), slope aspect and inclination (58%) and land use (38%), but rarely soil properties (
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