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Accession: PLT-GCED-1711b Research Theme: Plant Ecology (Directed Study)
Contributors: Christopher B. Craft, McKenna Stahl, Sarah Widney, Dontrece Smith
Title: Tidal forest litterfall collection in eight traps deployed at GCE 11 on the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia from October 2014 to October 2017
Abstract: We established two 0.1-ha plots in the Site 11 tidal forest in December 2013. Eight litterfall traps (0.25 m2) were established within the 0.1-ha plots on September 24, 2014 to estimate annual productivity. Litterfall was collected monthly during the heaviest litterfall months (October, November, December) and quarterly the rest of the year from October 2014 until October 2017. Once collected, litterfall was dried for 48 hours at 60 C and then weighed to the nearest 0.01 g.
DOI: 10.6073/pasta/b42e90101074f6448bbb40c953c0cf9f
Key Words: litter, productivity, tidal forest
LTER Core Area: Primary Production
Research Themes: Plant Ecology, Botany
Study Period: 24-Sep-2014 to 31-Oct-2017
Study Sites:
GCE11 -- Tidal Forest, Georgia, USA
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Data References: PLT-GCED-1711 (Dendrometer band measurement data from the tidal forest plots), PLT-GCED-1711a (Species richness and basal 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-1711b (Main data table for data set PLT-GCED-1711b, 136 records)

Access: Public (released 01-Feb-2018)

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

Data Formats: Spreadsheet (CSV) [6.49kb],  Text File [5.26kb],  Text Report [17.52kb],  MATLAB (GCE Toolbox) [162.30kb],  MATLAB (Variables) [94.45kb]

Column List:(hide)

Column Name Units Type Description
1 Site_Code none string GCE site code
2 Trap none integer One of the eight 0.25 square meter literfall traps studied
3 DateRemoved MM/DD/YYYY string Date that the litterfall trap was emptied and the contents brought to the lab for drying
4 Flag_DateRemoved none string QA/QC flags for Date that the litterfall trap was emptied and the contents brought to the lab for drying (flagging criteria, where "x" is DateRemoved: manual)
5 SampleDate MM/DD/YYYY string Date the dried sample was weighed
6 Flag_SampleDate none string QA/QC flags for Date the dried sample was weighed (flagging criteria, where "x" is SampleDate: manual)
7 Litterfall_Weight grams floating-point Weight of the dried litterfall sample
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Citation: Craft, Christopher B. 2017. Tidal forest litterfall collection in eight traps deployed at GCE 11 on the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia from October 2014 to October 2017. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project, University of Georgia, Long Term Ecological Research Network. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b42e90101074f6448bbb40c953c0cf9f

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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.