Reinsch, S. et al

Aboveground plant biomass and soil respiration for seven European shrublands under drought and warming manipulations (1998-2012)

The data consists of annual measurements of standing aboveground plant biomass, annual aboveground net primary productivity and annual soil respiration between 1998 and 2012. Data were collected from seven European shrublands that were subject to the climate manipulations drought and warming. Sites were located in the United Kingdom (UK), the Netherlands (NL), Denmark ( two sites, DK-B and DK-M), Hungary (HU), Spain (SP) and Italy (IT). All field sites consisted of untreated control plots, plots where the plant canopy air is artificially warmed during night time hours, and plots where rainfall is excluded from the plots at least during the plants growing season.

Standing aboveground plant biomass (grams biomass per square metre) was measured in two undisturbed areas within the plots using the pin-point method (UK, DK-M, DK-B), or along a transect (IT, SP, HU, NL). Aboveground net primary productivity was calculated from measurements of standing aboveground plant biomass estimates and litterfall measurements. Soil respiration was measured in pre-installed opaque soil collars bi-weekly, monthly, or in measurement campaigns (SP only).

The datasets provided are the basis for the data analysis presented in Reinsch et al. (2017) Shrubland primary production and soil respiration diverge along European climate gradient. Scientific Reports 7:43952. DOI: 10.1038/srep43952

Publication date: 2017-09-21

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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Reinsch, S.; Koller, E.; Sowerby, A.; de Dato, G.; Estiarte, M.; Guidolotti, G.; Kovács-Láng, E.; Kröel-Dula, G; Lellei-Kovács, E.; Larsen, K.S.; Liberati, D.; Ogaya, R; Peñuelas, J.; Ransijn, J.; Robinson, D.A.; Schmidt, I.K.; Smith, A.R.; Tietema, A.; Dukes, J.S.; Beier, C.; Emmett, B.A. (2017). Aboveground plant biomass and soil respiration for seven European shrublands under drought and warming manipulations (1998-2012). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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© Bangor University




© MTA Centre for Ecological Research

© University of Copenhagen



© University of Amsterdam

© University of Bayreuth

© Purdue University


Study area
Temporal extent
1998-07-15    to    2012-07-15

Provenance & quality

Standing biomass was measured using the non-destructive pin-point method to assess aboveground biomass. Measurements were conducted at the state of peak biomass specific for each site. Litterfall was measured annually using litterfall traps. Litter collected in the traps was dried and the weight was measured. Aboveground biomass productivity was estimated as the difference between the measured standing biomass in year x minus the standing biomass measured the previous year. Soil respiration was measured bi-weekly or monthly, or in campaigns (Spain only). It was measured on permanently installed soil collars in treatment plots.
The Gaussen Index of Aridity (an index that combines information on rainfall and temperature) was calculated using mean annual precipitation, mean annual temperature. The reduction in precipitation and increase in temperature for each site was used to calculate the Gaussen Index for the climate treatments for each site.

Data of standing biomass and soil respiration was provided by the site responsible. Data from all sites were collated into one data file for data analysis. A summary data set was combined with information on the Gaussen Index of Aridity
Data were then exported from these Excel spreadsheet to .csv files for ingestion into the EIDC.

Correspondence/contact details

Reinsch, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Reinsch, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Koller, E.
Bangor University
Sowerby, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
de Dato, G.
Estiarte, M.
Guidolotti, G.
Kovács-Láng, E.
MTA Centre for Ecological Research
Kröel-Dula, G
MTA Centre for Ecological Research
Lellei-Kovács, E.
MTA Centre for Ecological Research
Larsen, K.S.
University of Copenhagen
Liberati, D.
Ogaya, R
Peñuelas, J.
Ransijn, J.
University of Copenhagen/University of Bayreuth
Robinson, D.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Schmidt, I.K.
University of Copenhagen
Smith, A.R.
Bangor University
Tietema, A.
University of Amsterdam
Dukes, J.S.
Purdue University
Beier, C.
University of Copenhagen
Emmett, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)


Topic categories
Environment , Biota , Climatology / Meteorology / Atmosphere
aboveground primary productivity,  climate change experiment,  climate gradient,  drought,  INCREASE,  Pin-pint,  Shrubland,  Soil Soil respiration,  standing biomass,  warming
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