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sPlotOpen - An environmentally balanced, open-access, global dataset of vegetation plots

Sabatini, Francesco Maria and Lenoir, Jonathan and Hattab, Tarek and Arnst, Elise Aimee and Chytry, Milan and Dengler, Juergen and De Ruffray, Patrice and Hennekens, Stephan M. and Jandt, Ute and Jansen, Florian and Jimenez-Alfaro, Borja and Kattge, Jens and Levesley, Aurora and Pillar, Valerio D. and Purschke, Oliver and Sandel, Brody and Sultana, Fahmida and Aavik, Tsipe and Acic, Svetlana and Acosta, Alicia T. R. and Agrillo, Emiliano and Alvarez, Miguel and Apostolova, Iva and Arfin Khan, Mohammed A. S. and Attorre, Fabio and Aubin, Isabelle and Banerjee, Arindam and Bauters, Marijn and Bergeron, Yves and Bergmeier, Erwin and Biurrun, Idoia and Bjorkman, Anne D. and Bonari, Gianmaria and Bondareva, Viktoria and Brunet, Jörg and Carni, Andraz and Casella, Laura and Cayuela, Luis and Cerny, Tomas and Chepinoga, Victor and Csiky, Janos and Custerevska, Renata and De Bie, Els and de Gasper, Andre Luis and De Sanctis, Michele and Dimopoulos, Panayotis and Dolezal, Jiri and Dziuba, Tetiana and El-Sheikh, Mohamed Abd El-Rouf Mousa and Enquist, Brian and Fazayeli, Farideh and Field, Richard and Finckh, Manfred and Gachet, Sophie and Galan-de-Mera, Antonio and Garbolino, Emmanuel and Giorgis, Melisa and Golub, Valentin and Alsos, Inger Greve and Grytnes, John-Arvid and Guerin, Gregory Richard and Gutierrez, Alvaro G. and Haider, Sylvia and Hatim, Mohamed Z. and Herault, Bruno and Hoelzel, Norbert and Homeier, Juergen and Hubau, Wannes and Indreica, Adrian and Janssen, John A. M. and Jedrzejek, Birgit and Jentsch, Anke and Juergens, Norbert and Kacki, Zygmunt and Kapfer, Jutta and Karger, Dirk Nikolaus and Kavgaci, Ali and Kearsley, Elizabeth and Kessler, Michael and Khanina, Larisa and Korolyuk, Andrey and Kreft, Holger and Kuehl, Hjalmar S. and Kuzemko, Anna and Landucci, Flavia and Lengyel, Attila and Lens, Frederic and Lingner, Debora Vanessa and Liu, Hongyan and Lysenko, Tatiana and Mahecha, Miguel D. and Marceno, Corrado and Martynenko, Vasiliy and Moeslund, Jesper Erenskjold and Monteagudo Mendoza, Abel and Mucina, Ladislav and Muller, Jonas V. and Munzinger, Jerome and Noroozi, Jalil and Nowak, Arkadiusz and Onyshchenko, Viktor and Overbeck, Gerhard E. and Partel, Meelis and Pauchard, Anibal and Peet, Robert K. and Penuelas, Josep and Perez-Haase, Aaron and Peterka, Tomas and Petrik, Petr and Peyre, Gwendolyn and Phillips, Oliver L. and Prokhorov, Vadim and Rasomavicius, Valerijus and Revermann, Rasmus and Rodwell, John S. and Ruprecht, Eszter and Rusina, Solvita and Samimi, Cyrus and Schrodt, Franziska and Shan, Hanhuai and Shirokikh, Pavel and Sibik, Jozef and Silc, Urban and Sklenar, Petr and Skvorc, Zeljko and Sparrow, Ben and Sperandii, Marta Gaia and Stancic, Zvjezdana and Svenning, Jens-Christian and Tang, Zhiyao and Tang, Cindy Q. and Tsiripidis, Ioannis and Vanselow, Kim Andre and Vassilev, Kiril and Venanzoni, Roberto and Vibrans, Alexander Christian and Violle, Cyrille and Virtanen, Risto and von Wehrden, Henrik and Wagner, Viktoria and Walker, Donald A. and Waller, Donald M. and Wang, Hua-Feng and Wesche, Karsten and Whitfeld, Timothy J. S. and Willner, Wolfgang and Wiser, Susan K. and Wohlgemuth, Thomas and Yamalov, Sergey and Zobel, Martin and Bruelheide, Helge (2021). sPlotOpen - An environmentally balanced, open-access, global dataset of vegetation plots. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 30 , 1740-1764
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Abstract

Motivation Assessing biodiversity status and trends in plant communities is critical for understanding, quantifying and predicting the effects of global change on ecosystems. Vegetation plots record the occurrence or abundance of all plant species co-occurring within delimited local areas. This allows species absences to be inferred, information seldom provided by existing global plant datasets. Although many vegetation plots have been recorded, most are not available to the global research community. A recent initiative, called 'sPlot', compiled the first global vegetation plot database, and continues to grow and curate it. The sPlot database, however, is extremely unbalanced spatially and environmentally, and is not open-access. Here, we address both these issues by (a) resampling the vegetation plots using several environmental variables as sampling strata and (b) securing permission from data holders of 105 local-to-regional datasets to openly release data. We thus present sPlotOpen, the largest open-access dataset of vegetation plots ever released. sPlotOpen can be used to explore global diversity at the plant community level, as ground truth data in remote sensing applications, or as a baseline for biodiversity monitoring. Main types of variable contained Vegetation plots (n = 95,104) recording cover or abundance of naturally co-occurring vascular plant species within delimited areas. sPlotOpen contains three partially overlapping resampled datasets (c. 50,000 plots each), to be used as replicates in global analyses. Besides geographical location, date, plot size, biome, elevation, slope, aspect, vegetation type, naturalness, coverage of various vegetation layers, and source dataset, plot-level data also include community-weighted means and variances of 18 plant functional traits from the TRY Plant Trait Database. Spatial location and grain Global, 0.01-40,000 m(2). Time period and grain 1888-2015, recording dates. Major taxa and level of measurement 42,677 vascular plant taxa, plot-level records. Software format Three main matrices (.csv), relationally linked.

Authors/Creators:Sabatini, Francesco Maria and Lenoir, Jonathan and Hattab, Tarek and Arnst, Elise Aimee and Chytry, Milan and Dengler, Juergen and De Ruffray, Patrice and Hennekens, Stephan M. and Jandt, Ute and Jansen, Florian and Jimenez-Alfaro, Borja and Kattge, Jens and Levesley, Aurora and Pillar, Valerio D. and Purschke, Oliver and Sandel, Brody and Sultana, Fahmida and Aavik, Tsipe and Acic, Svetlana and Acosta, Alicia T. R. and Agrillo, Emiliano and Alvarez, Miguel and Apostolova, Iva and Arfin Khan, Mohammed A. S. and Attorre, Fabio and Aubin, Isabelle and Banerjee, Arindam and Bauters, Marijn and Bergeron, Yves and Bergmeier, Erwin and Biurrun, Idoia and Bjorkman, Anne D. and Bonari, Gianmaria and Bondareva, Viktoria and Brunet, Jörg and Carni, Andraz and Casella, Laura and Cayuela, Luis and Cerny, Tomas and Chepinoga, Victor and Csiky, Janos and Custerevska, Renata and De Bie, Els and de Gasper, Andre Luis and De Sanctis, Michele and Dimopoulos, Panayotis and Dolezal, Jiri and Dziuba, Tetiana and El-Sheikh, Mohamed Abd El-Rouf Mousa and Enquist, Brian and Fazayeli, Farideh and Field, Richard and Finckh, Manfred and Gachet, Sophie and Galan-de-Mera, Antonio and Garbolino, Emmanuel and Giorgis, Melisa and Golub, Valentin and Alsos, Inger Greve and Grytnes, John-Arvid and Guerin, Gregory Richard and Gutierrez, Alvaro G. and Haider, Sylvia and Hatim, Mohamed Z. and Herault, Bruno and Hoelzel, Norbert and Homeier, Juergen and Hubau, Wannes and Indreica, Adrian and Janssen, John A. M. and Jedrzejek, Birgit and Jentsch, Anke and Juergens, Norbert and Kacki, Zygmunt and Kapfer, Jutta and Karger, Dirk Nikolaus and Kavgaci, Ali and Kearsley, Elizabeth and Kessler, Michael and Khanina, Larisa and Korolyuk, Andrey and Kreft, Holger and Kuehl, Hjalmar S. and Kuzemko, Anna and Landucci, Flavia and Lengyel, Attila and Lens, Frederic and Lingner, Debora Vanessa and Liu, Hongyan and Lysenko, Tatiana and Mahecha, Miguel D. and Marceno, Corrado and Martynenko, Vasiliy and Moeslund, Jesper Erenskjold and Monteagudo Mendoza, Abel and Mucina, Ladislav and Muller, Jonas V. and Munzinger, Jerome and Noroozi, Jalil and Nowak, Arkadiusz and Onyshchenko, Viktor and Overbeck, Gerhard E. and Partel, Meelis and Pauchard, Anibal and Peet, Robert K. and Penuelas, Josep and Perez-Haase, Aaron and Peterka, Tomas and Petrik, Petr and Peyre, Gwendolyn and Phillips, Oliver L. and Prokhorov, Vadim and Rasomavicius, Valerijus and Revermann, Rasmus and Rodwell, John S. and Ruprecht, Eszter and Rusina, Solvita and Samimi, Cyrus and Schrodt, Franziska and Shan, Hanhuai and Shirokikh, Pavel and Sibik, Jozef and Silc, Urban and Sklenar, Petr and Skvorc, Zeljko and Sparrow, Ben and Sperandii, Marta Gaia and Stancic, Zvjezdana and Svenning, Jens-Christian and Tang, Zhiyao and Tang, Cindy Q. and Tsiripidis, Ioannis and Vanselow, Kim Andre and Vassilev, Kiril and Venanzoni, Roberto and Vibrans, Alexander Christian and Violle, Cyrille and Virtanen, Risto and von Wehrden, Henrik and Wagner, Viktoria and Walker, Donald A. and Waller, Donald M. and Wang, Hua-Feng and Wesche, Karsten and Whitfeld, Timothy J. S. and Willner, Wolfgang and Wiser, Susan K. and Wohlgemuth, Thomas and Yamalov, Sergey and Zobel, Martin and Bruelheide, Helge
Title:sPlotOpen - An environmentally balanced, open-access, global dataset of vegetation plots
Series Name/Journal:Global Ecology and Biogeography
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:30
Page range:1740-1764
Number of Pages:25
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:1466-822X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:big data, biodiversity, biogeography, database, functional traits, macroecology, vascular plants, vegetation plots
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112758
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112758
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1111/geb.13346
Web of Science (WoS)000664540200001
ID Code:26685
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
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Deposited On:11 Jan 2022 17:25
Metadata Last Modified:11 Jan 2022 17:31

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