Blonder, B.; Kapas, R.E.; Dalton, R.M.; Graae, B.J.; Heiling, J.M.; Opedal, Ø.H.

Plant census and microenvironment dataset from Mt. Baldy, Colorado, USA, 2014-2017

The data comprise a long-term study of alpine plant community dynamics in the Gunnison National Forest of Colorado. The data comprise annual census data for all plants (including seedlings) in each of 50 2x2m plots, including information on size, reproduction, life stage, and mortality, with all plants identified and geo-located. These data are also made available transformed to provide individual-level estimates of growth, survival, fecundity, and recruitment. The dataset covers several thousand individuals of approximately twenty species, and highlights an apparent pattern of demographic decline.

The data also include information on microenvironment / microedaphic variation at 2 m resolution covering the entire research site, including information on temperatures, topography, soil chemistry, soil texture, and other variables.

The data also include information on the functional traits of many of the species present at the site, including information on biomass allocation, leaf traits, root traits, seed traits, and floral traits.

Publication date: 2020-07-22

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

This data is available as Comma-separated values (CSV) or R Statistical Raster Data (grd/gri)

You must cite: Blonder, B.; Kapas, R.E.; Dalton, R.M.; Graae, B.J.; Heiling, J.M.; Opedal, Ø.H. (2020). Plant census and microenvironment dataset from Mt. Baldy, Colorado, USA, 2014-2017. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/d850fcd2-b70a-415e-acf4-fc27b38d59c1

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2014-01-01    to    2017-12-31

Provenance & quality

In 2014 a set of 50 2x2 m plots were established on primarily bare screefield on a southeast-facing ridgeline on Mt Baldy in the Gunnison National Forest of southwestern Colorado. Annually all individual plants are mapped, permanently tagged, and followed for growth, reproduction, mortality, and recruitment. These data were continued through 2017 in the present dataset. In 2015 several individuals of each species were excavated with roots, harvested, and measured for a range of functional traits. Prior to excavation some additional traits were measured on living individuals. In 2016 iButton dataloggers were deployed on a 2m grid pattern at the site, and soil samples were taken at the same points.

Samples were analyzed in a soils lab and used to provide environmental and edaphic information for the site.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Ben Blonder
University of Oxford
 bblonder@gmail.com

Authors

Blonder, B.
University of Oxford
Kapas, R.E.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dalton, R.M.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Graae, B.J.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Heiling, J.M.
North Carolina State University
Opedal, Ø.H.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Keywords
Biodiversity Environmental survey
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation types
Raster
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
17 February 2021 15:55