Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23071
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: sPlotOpen : an environmentally balanced, open‐access, global dataset of vegetation plots
Authors: Sabatini, Francesco Maria
Lenoir, Jonathan
Hattab, Tarek
Arnst, Elise Aimee
Chytrý, Milan
Dengler, Jürgen
De Ruffray, Patrice
Hennekens, Stephan M.
Jandt, Ute
Jansen, Florian
Jiménez‐Alfaro, Borja
Kattge, Jens
Levesley, Aurora
Pillar, Valério D.
Purschke, Oliver
Sandel, Brody
Sultana, Fahmida
Aavik, Tsipe
Aćić, Svetlana
Acosta, Alicia T. R.
Agrillo, Emiliano
Alvarez, Miguel
Apostolova, Iva
Arfin Khan, Mohammed A. S.
Arroyo, Luzmila
Attorre, Fabio
Aubin, Isabelle
Banerjee, Arindam
Bauters, Marijn
Bergeron, Yves
Bergmeier, Erwin
Biurrun, Idoia
Bjorkman, Anne D.
Bonari, Gianmaria
Bondareva, Viktoria
Brunet, Jörg
Čarni, Andraž
Casella, Laura
Cayuela, Luis
Černý, Tomáš
Chepinoga, Victor
Csiky, János
Ćušterevska, Renata
De Bie, Els
Gasper, André Luis
De Sanctis, Michele
Dimopoulos, Panayotis
Dolezal, Jiri
Dziuba, Tetiana
El‐Sheikh, Mohamed Abd El‐Rouf Mousa
Enquist, Brian
Ewald, Jörg
Fazayeli, Farideh
Field, Richard
Finckh, Manfred
Gachet, Sophie
Galán‐de‐Mera, Antonio
Garbolino, Emmanuel
Gholizadeh, Hamid
Giorgis, Melisa
Golub, Valentin
Alsos, Inger Greve
Grytnes, John‐Arvid
Guerin, Gregory Richard
Gutiérrez, Alvaro G.
Haider, Sylvia
Hatim, Mohamed Z.
Hérault, Bruno
Hinojos Mendoza, Guillermo
Hölzel, Norbert
Homeier, Jürgen
Hubau, Wannes
Indreica, Adrian
Janssen, John A. M.
Jedrzejek, Birgit
Jentsch, Anke
Jürgens, Norbert
Kącki, Zygmunt
Kapfer, Jutta
Karger, Dirk Nikolaus
Kavgacı, Ali
Kearsley, Elizabeth
Kessler, Michael
Khanina, Larisa
Killeen, Timothy
Korolyuk, Andrey
Kreft, Holger
Kühl, Hjalmar S.
Kuzemko, Anna
Landucci, Flavia
Lengyel, Attila
Lens, Frederic
Lingner, Débora Vanessa
Liu, Hongyan
Lysenko, Tatiana
Mahecha, Miguel D.
Marcenò, Corrado
Martynenko, Vasiliy
Moeslund, Jesper Erenskjold
Monteagudo Mendoza, Abel
Mucina, Ladislav
Müller, Jonas V.
Munzinger, Jérôme
Naqinezhad, Alireza
Noroozi, Jalil
Nowak, Arkadiusz
Onyshchenko, Viktor
Overbeck, Gerhard E.
Pärtel, Meelis
Pauchard, Aníbal
Peet, Robert K.
Peñuelas, Josep
Pérez‐Haase, Aaron
Peterka, Tomáš
Petřík, Petr
Peyre, Gwendolyn
Phillips, Oliver L.
Prokhorov, Vadim
Rašomavičius, Valerijus
Revermann, Rasmus
Rivas‐Torres, Gonzalo
Rodwell, John S.
Ruprecht, Eszter
Rūsiņa, Solvita
Samimi, Cyrus
Schmidt, Marco
Schrodt, Franziska
Shan, Hanhuai
Shirokikh, Pavel
Šibík, Jozef
Šilc, Urban
Sklenář, Petr
Škvorc, Željko
Sparrow, Ben
Sperandii, Marta Gaia
Stančić, Zvjezdana
Svenning, Jens‐Christian
Tang, Zhiyao
Tang, Cindy Q.
Tsiripidis, Ioannis
Vanselow, Kim André
Vásquez Martínez, Rodolfo
Vassilev, Kiril
Vélez‐Martin, Eduardo
Venanzoni, Roberto
Vibrans, Alexander Christian
Violle, Cyrille
Virtanen, Risto
Wehrden, Henrik
Wagner, Viktoria
Walker, Donald A.
Waller, Donald M.
Wang, Hua‐Feng
Wesche, Karsten
Whitfeld, Timothy J. S.
Willner, Wolfgang
Wiser, Susan K.
Wohlgemuth, Thomas
Yamalov, Sergey
Zobel, Martin
Bruelheide, Helge
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1111/geb.13346
10.21256/zhaw-23071
Published in: Global Ecology and Biogeography
Volume(Issue): 30
Issue: 9
Page(s): 1740
Pages to: 1764
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Wiley
ISSN: 1466-822X
1466-8238
Language: English
Subjects: Big data; Biodiversity; Biogeography; Database; Functional trait; Macroecology; Vascular plant; Vegetation plot
Subject (DDC): 577: Ecology
580: Plants (Botany)
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 m². 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.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/23071
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
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