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Accession: PLT-GCED-1711a Research Theme: Plant Ecology (Directed Study)
Contributors: Christopher B. Craft, McKenna Stahl, Sarah Widney, Dontrece Smith
Title: Forest survey of species richness and basal area for two tidal forest plots at GCE 11 on the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia in December 2013
Abstract: We established two 0.1-ha plots in the Site 11 tidal forest in December 2013 to monitor forest composition. In each plot, we identified the species and measured DBH (diameter at breast height) of every tree using standard diameter tapes. We also used the DBH measurements to calculate the basal area of each tree.
DOI: 10.6073/pasta/95771dba9e839a57c74b9ae806569877
Key Words: Acer rubrum, basal area, BDH, Carpinus caroliniana, Fraxinus pennsylanica, Liquidambar styraciflua, Magnolia virginiana, Nyssa aquatica, Nyssa biflora, productivity, Quercus, Quercus lyrata, species composition, Taxodium distichum, tidal forest
LTER Core Area: Primary Production
Research Themes: Plant Ecology, Botany
Study Period: 01-Dec-2013 to 31-Dec-2013
Study Sites:
GCE11 -- Tidal Forest, Georgia, USA
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Species References: Nyssa aquatica, Nyssa sylvatica, Taxodium distichum
Data References: PLT-GCED-1711 (Dendrometer band measurement data from the tidal forest plots), PLT-GCED-1711b (Litterfall collection data from the tidal forest plots)
Research Protocols:

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

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Data Table: PLT-GCED-1711a (Main data table for data set PLT-GCED-1711a, 235 records)

Access: Public (released 01-Feb-2018)

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

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Column Name Units Type Description
1 Site_Code none string GCE Site code
2 Plot none integer 0.1 hectare survey unit
3 Quadrant none string Region of plot distinguished by cardinal direction
4 Tree_Species none string Individual tree species
5 DBH Centimeters floating-point Tree diameter at breast height
6 Tag_Number none integer Tag number on tree for identification in dendrometer band dataset
7 BasalArea square meter floating-point Cross sectional area of the tree at breast height
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Citation: Craft, Christopher B. 2017. Forest survey of species richness and basal area for two tidal forest plots at GCE 11 on the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia in December 2013. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project, University of Georgia, Long Term Ecological Research Network. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/95771dba9e839a57c74b9ae806569877

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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.