ReSurveyGermany: Vegetation-plot time-series over the past hundred years in Germany

2022 | journal article. A publication with affiliation to the University of Göttingen.

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​ReSurveyGermany: Vegetation-plot time-series over the past hundred years in Germany​
Jandt, U.; Bruelheide, H.; Berg, C.; Bernhardt-Römermann, M.; Blüml, V.; Bode, F. & Dengler, J. et al.​ (2022) 
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Jandt, Ute; Bruelheide, Helge; Berg, Christian; Bernhardt-Römermann, Markus; Blüml, Volker; Bode, Frank; Dengler, Jürgen; Diekmann, Martin; Dierschke, Hartmut ; Doerfler, Inken; Wulf, Monika
Abstract Vegetation-plot resurvey data are a main source of information on terrestrial biodiversity change, with records reaching back more than one century. Although more and more data from re-sampled plots have been published, there is not yet a comprehensive open-access dataset available for analysis. Here, we compiled and harmonised vegetation-plot resurvey data from Germany covering almost 100 years. We show the distribution of the plot data in space, time and across habitat types of the European Nature Information System (EUNIS). In addition, we include metadata on geographic location, plot size and vegetation structure. The data allow temporal biodiversity change to be assessed at the community scale, reaching back further into the past than most comparable data yet available. They also enable tracking changes in the incidence and distribution of individual species across Germany. In summary, the data come at a level of detail that holds promise for broadening our understanding of the mechanisms and drivers behind plant diversity change over the last century.
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Abteilung Vegetationsanalyse & Phytodiversität ; Albrecht-von-Haller-Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften 
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig



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