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Journal Articles (Data Paper) Global Ecology and Biogeography Year : 2021

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

Francesco Maria Sabatini , Jonathan Roger Michel Henri Lenoir (1) , Tarek Hattab (2) , Elise Aimee Arnst , Milan Chytrý , Jürgen Dengler , Patrice de Ruffray , Stephan Hennekens , Ute Jandt , Florian Jansen , Borja Jiménez‐alfaro , Jens Kattge , Aurora Levesley , Valério Pillar , Oliver Purschke , Brody Sandel , Fahmida Sultana , Tsipe Aavik , Svetlana Aćić , Alicia Acosta , Emiliano Agrillo , Miguel Alvarez , Iva Apostolova , Mohammed Arfin Khan , Luzmila Arroyo , Fabio Attorre , Isabelle Aubin , Arindam Banerjee , Marijn Bauters , Yves Bergeron , Erwin Bergmeier , Idoia Biurrun , Anne Bjorkman , Gianmaria Bonari , Viktoria Bondareva , Jörg Brunet , Andraž Čarni , Laura Casella , Luis Cayuela , Tomáš Černý , Victor Chepinoga , János Csiky , Renata Ćušterevska , Els de Bie , André Luis Gasper , Michele de Sanctis , Panayotis Dimopoulos , Jiri Dolezal , Tetiana Dziuba , Mohamed Abd El‐rouf Mousa El‐sheikh , Brian Enquist , Jörg Ewald , Farideh Fazayeli , Richard Field , Manfred Finckh , Sophie Gachet (3) , Antonio Galán‐de‐mera , Emmanuel Garbolino (4) , Hamid Gholizadeh , Melisa Giorgis , Valentin Golub , Inger Greve Alsos , John‐arvid Grytnes , Gregory Richard Guerin , Alvaro Gutiérrez , Sylvia Haider , Mohamed Hatim , Bruno Hérault , Guillermo Hinojos Mendoza , Norbert Hölzel , Jürgen Homeier , Wannes Hubau , Adrian Indreica , John Janssen , Birgit Jedrzejek , Anke Jentsch , Norbert Jürgens , Zygmunt Kącki , Jutta Kapfer , Dirk Nikolaus Karger , Ali Kavgaci , Elizabeth Kearsley , Michael Kessler , Larisa Khanina , Timothy Killeen , Andrey Korolyuk , Holger Kreft , Hjalmar Kühl , Anna Kuzemko , Flavia Landucci , Attila Lengyel , Frederic Lens , Débora Vanessa Lingner , Hongyan Liu , Tatiana Lysenko , Miguel Mahecha , Corrado Marcenò , Vasiliy Martynenko , Jesper Erenskjold Moeslund , Abel Monteagudo Mendoza , Ladislav Mucina , Jonas Müller , Jérôme Munzinger (5) , Alireza Naqinezhad , Jalil Noroozi , Arkadiusz Nowak , Viktor Onyshchenko , Gerhard Overbeck , Meelis Pärtel , Aníbal Pauchard , Robert Peet , Josep Peñuelas , Aaron Pérez‐haase , Tomáš Peterka , Petr Petřík , Gwendolyn Peyre , Oliver Phillips , Vadim Prokhorov , Valerijus Rašomavičius , Rasmus Revermann , Gonzalo Rivas‐torres , John Rodwell , Eszter Ruprecht , Solvita Rūsiņa , Cyrus Samimi , Marco Schmidt , Franziska Schrodt , Hanhuai Shan , Pavel Shirokikh , Jozef Šibík , Urban Šilc , Petr Sklenář , Željko Škvorc , Ben Sparrow , Marta Gaia Sperandii , Zvjezdana Stančić , Jens‐christian Svenning , Zhiyao Tang , Cindy Tang , Ioannis Tsiripidis , Kim André Vanselow , Rodolfo Vásquez Martínez , Kiril Vassilev , Eduardo Vélez‐martin , Roberto Venanzoni , Alexander Christian Vibrans , Cyrille Violle (6) , Risto Virtanen , Henrik Wehrden , Viktoria Wagner , Donald Walker , Donald Waller , Hua‐feng Wang , Karsten Wesche , Timothy Whitfeld , Wolfgang Willner , Susan Wiser , Thomas Wohlgemuth , Sergey Yamalov , Martin Zobel , Helge Bruelheide
Francesco Maria Sabatini
Elise Aimee Arnst
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Milan Chytrý
Jürgen Dengler
Patrice de Ruffray
  • Function : Author
Stephan Hennekens
  • Function : Author
Ute Jandt
Florian Jansen
Borja Jiménez‐alfaro
Jens Kattge
  • Function : Author
Aurora Levesley
  • Function : Author
Valério Pillar
Oliver Purschke
  • Function : Author
Brody Sandel
  • Function : Author
Fahmida Sultana
  • Function : Author
Tsipe Aavik
  • Function : Author
Svetlana Aćić
Alicia Acosta
  • Function : Author
Emiliano Agrillo
Miguel Alvarez
  • Function : Author
Iva Apostolova
  • Function : Author
Mohammed Arfin Khan
  • Function : Author
Luzmila Arroyo
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Fabio Attorre
Isabelle Aubin
  • Function : Author
Arindam Banerjee
  • Function : Author
Marijn Bauters
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Yves Bergeron
Erwin Bergmeier
Idoia Biurrun
Anne Bjorkman
  • Function : Author
Gianmaria Bonari
Viktoria Bondareva
  • Function : Author
Jörg Brunet
Andraž Čarni
Laura Casella
Luis Cayuela
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Tomáš Černý
  • Function : Author
Victor Chepinoga
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János Csiky
  • Function : Author
Renata Ćušterevska
Els de Bie
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André Luis Gasper
  • Function : Author
Michele de Sanctis
Panayotis Dimopoulos
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Jiri Dolezal
Tetiana Dziuba
Brian Enquist
  • Function : Author
Jörg Ewald
Farideh Fazayeli
  • Function : Author
Richard Field
Manfred Finckh
Antonio Galán‐de‐mera
  • Function : Author
Hamid Gholizadeh
  • Function : Author
Melisa Giorgis
  • Function : Author
Valentin Golub
Inger Greve Alsos
John‐arvid Grytnes
  • Function : Author
Gregory Richard Guerin
  • Function : Author
Alvaro Gutiérrez
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Sylvia Haider
Mohamed Hatim
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Bruno Hérault
Guillermo Hinojos Mendoza
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Norbert Hölzel
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Jürgen Homeier
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Wannes Hubau
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Adrian Indreica
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John Janssen
  • Function : Author
Birgit Jedrzejek
  • Function : Author
Anke Jentsch
Norbert Jürgens
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Zygmunt Kącki
  • Function : Author
Jutta Kapfer
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Dirk Nikolaus Karger
  • Function : Author
Ali Kavgaci
  • Function : Author
Elizabeth Kearsley
  • Function : Author
Michael Kessler
Larisa Khanina
Timothy Killeen
  • Function : Author
Andrey Korolyuk
  • Function : Author
Holger Kreft
Hjalmar Kühl
  • Function : Author
Anna Kuzemko
Flavia Landucci
  • Function : Author
Attila Lengyel
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Frederic Lens
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Débora Vanessa Lingner
  • Function : Author
Hongyan Liu
  • Function : Author
Tatiana Lysenko
Miguel Mahecha
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Corrado Marcenò
Vasiliy Martynenko
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Jesper Erenskjold Moeslund
Abel Monteagudo Mendoza
  • Function : Author
Ladislav Mucina
Jonas Müller
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Alireza Naqinezhad
Jalil Noroozi
Arkadiusz Nowak
Viktor Onyshchenko
Gerhard Overbeck
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Meelis Pärtel
Aníbal Pauchard
Robert Peet
Josep Peñuelas
Aaron Pérez‐haase
Tomáš Peterka
Petr Petřík
Gwendolyn Peyre
Oliver Phillips
Vadim Prokhorov
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Valerijus Rašomavičius
Rasmus Revermann
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Gonzalo Rivas‐torres
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John Rodwell
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Eszter Ruprecht
Solvita Rūsiņa
Cyrus Samimi
  • Function : Author
Marco Schmidt
  • Function : Author
Franziska Schrodt
Hanhuai Shan
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Pavel Shirokikh
Jozef Šibík
Urban Šilc
Petr Sklenář
Željko Škvorc
Ben Sparrow
Marta Gaia Sperandii
Zvjezdana Stančić
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Jens‐christian Svenning
Zhiyao Tang
Cindy Tang
Ioannis Tsiripidis
Kim André Vanselow
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Rodolfo Vásquez Martínez
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Kiril Vassilev
Eduardo Vélez‐martin
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Roberto Venanzoni
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Alexander Christian Vibrans
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Risto Virtanen
Henrik Wehrden
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Viktoria Wagner
Donald Walker
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Donald Waller
  • Function : Author
Hua‐feng Wang
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Karsten Wesche
Timothy Whitfeld
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Wolfgang Willner
Susan Wiser
Thomas Wohlgemuth
Sergey Yamalov
Martin Zobel
Helge Bruelheide

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.
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hal-03286084 , version 1 (08-09-2021)

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Francesco Maria Sabatini, Jonathan Roger Michel Henri Lenoir, Tarek Hattab, Elise Aimee Arnst, Milan Chytrý, et al.. sPlotOpen – An environmentally balanced, open‐access, global dataset of vegetation plots. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2021, 30 (9), pp.1740-1764. ⟨10.1111/geb.13346⟩. ⟨hal-03286084⟩
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