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Accession: PLT-GCED-1711 Research Theme: Plant Ecology (Directed Study)
Contributors: Christopher B. Craft, McKenna Stahl, Sarah Widney, Dontrece Smith
Title: Dendrometer band measurement data from two tidal forest plots at GCE 11 on the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia from December 2014 to December 2016
Abstract: We established two 0.1-ha plots in December 2013. In each plot, we identified and measured DBH (diameter at breast height) of every tree using standard diameter tapes. We also placed dendrometric bands on 40 trees (20 per plot) in December 2013. Bands were measured in December 2014 as baseline measurements and in December every year thereafter (2015, 2016).
DOI: 10.6073/pasta/63da736bc564aa2514e63c29b771ecf7
Key Words: Acer rubrum, Carpinus caroliniana, dendrochronology, Fraxinus pennsylanica, Liquidambar styraciflua, Magnolia virginiana, Nyssa aquatica, Nyssa biflora, productivity, Quercus, Quercus lyrata, Taxodium distichum, tidal forest
LTER Core Area: Primary Production
Research Themes: Plant Ecology, Botany
Study Period: 01-Dec-2013 to 31-Dec-2016
Study Sites:
GCE11 -- Tidal Forest, Georgia, USA
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Species References: Nyssa aquatica, Nyssa sylvatica, Taxodium distichum
Data References: PLT-GCED-1711a (Species richness and basal data from the tidal forest plots), PLT-GCED-1711b (Litterfall collection data from the tidal forest plots)
Research Protocols:

Dendrometer band SOP (National Wetland Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana)

GCE 11 Tidal Forest Plot Layout and Tagged Trees (Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER)

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Data Table: PLT-GCED-1711 (Main data table for data set PLT-GCED-1711, 120 records)

Access: Public (released 01-Feb-2018)

Metadata: Text (ESA FLED), XML (Ecological Metadata Language)

Data Formats: Spreadsheet (CSV) [4.96kb],  Text File [3.74kb],  Text Report [16.16kb],  MATLAB (GCE Toolbox) [117.16kb],  MATLAB (Variables) [89.41kb]

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Column Name Units Type Description
1 Year YYYY integer Year of measurement
2 Month M integer Nominal month of measurement
3 Site_Code none string GCE site code
4 Tag none integer Identification tag on tree
5 Tree_Species none string Individual tree species
6 Diameter_Breast_Height centimeters floating-point Tree diameter at breast height in December 2014
7 BandMeasure_Increase centimeters floating-point Increase in circumference from baseline measurement in December 2014, measured from a dendrometer band
8 Notes none string Important information affecting interpretation of data
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Citation: Craft, Christopher B. 2017. Dendrometer band measurement data from two tidal forest plots at GCE 11 on the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia from December 2014 to December 2016. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project, University of Georgia, Long Term Ecological Research Network. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/63da736bc564aa2514e63c29b771ecf7

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.