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Tropical Rainforest Plot Network data packages, 1971-2018

CollectionsANU Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN)
Title: Tropical Rainforest Plot Network data packages, 1971-2018
Author(s): Metcalfe, Dan
Keywords: Biodiversity conservation -- Australia
Environmental monitoring -- Australia
Environmental management -- Australia
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Long Term Ecological Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Project: Tropical Rainforest Plot Network: quantifying natural forest dynamics in the absence of logging disturbance Abstract: The LTERN Tropical Rainforest Plot Network Rainforest Tree Demographic Data contains stem measurement data from 20, 0.5 ha permanent rainforest plots in Northern Queensland, Australia from 2011 to 2013. This is part of a much larger dataset that spans from 1971 to 2013 that is managed by CSIRO. Except for minor disturbances associated with selective logging on two plots, the plots were established in old growth forest and all plots have thereafter been protected. Plots have been regularly censused and at each census the diameter at breast height of all stems is recorded. The data collected from the 20 plots provides an insight into the floristical composition, structure and long term forest dynamics of Australian tropical rainforests and allows direct comparisons to be made with long-term monitoring plots at a global scale. Bradford, M.G., Murphy, H.T., Ford, A.J., Hogan, D. and Metcalfe, D.J. (2014) Long term stem inventory data from tropical rainforest plots in Australia. Ecology 95:2362. Study Area Description: The CSIRO permanent rainforest plots are located within 60 km of the north Queensland coast between Mackay (21.5ºS, 149ºE) and the Iron Range on Cape York Peninsula (12.5ºS, 143ºE). The plots have a rainfall range of 1200 to 3500 mm, represent eleven vegetation types, six parent materials, and range from 15 m to 1200 m above sea level.


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