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Forest stand structure and composition in 96 sites along environmental gradients in the central Western Ghats of India

Forest stand structure and composition in 96 sites along environmental gradients in the central... Data Papers Ecology, 91(10), 2010, p. 3118 2010 by the Ecological Society of America Forest stand structure and composition in 96 sites along environmental gradients in the central Western Ghats of India Ecological Archives E091-216 1 2 1 2 1,3,5 B. R. RAMESH, M. H. SWAMINATH, SANTOSHGOUDA V. PATIL, DASAPPA, RAPHAEL PELISSIER, 1,4 1 1 1 P. DILIP VENUGOPAL, S. ARAVAJY, CLAIRE ELOUARD, AND S. RAMALINGAM French Institute of Pondicherry, UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE, 11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001 India Karnataka Forest Department, Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore 560003 India IRD, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, F-34000 France Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, 4124 Plant Sciences Building, College Park, Maryland 20742-4454 USA Abstract. This data set reports woody plant species abundances in a network of 96 sampling sites spread across 22 000 km in the central Western Ghats region, Karnataka, India 0 0 0 0 (74815 –75840 E; 15815 –13830 N). Due to its varied climate and diverse topography, the study area, which is part of the Western Ghats–Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot, supports a wide array of non-equatorial tropical habitats including wet evergreen, moist and dry deciduous, and intact as well as degraded forests and scrublands. These formations, floristically moderately rich and diversified, are characterized by a lower rate of endemism than in the southern part of the Western Ghats. This data paper provides abundance and girth data for 76 813 trees and lianas of 446 species collected in 96 sampling sites during 1996–1997. A total of 61 965 individuals 10-cm girth at breast height (gbh) were recorded in 96 1-ha macroplots, while 14 848 individuals ,10 cm gbh, but .1 m height, were sampled in three 0.1- ha microplots located within each macroplot. Additional data regarding the stand structure (average canopy height, percent canopy cover, number of strata) and the level of degradation are available for the macroplots, along with environmental data derived from other sources and analyses, such as soil types, rainfall, length of the dry season, and altitude. These data have been used to produce ecological research papers, as well as to elaborate conservation value maps and recommendations toward sustainable management of the forests of the central Western Ghats region. Key words: biodiversity sampling plots; central Western Ghats; India; Karnataka; mesoscale plot network; plant species abundances; tropical forest types. The complete data sets corresponding to abstracts published in the Data Papers section of the journal are published electronically in Ecological Archives at hhttp://esapubs.org/archivei. (The accession number for each Data Paper is given directly beneath the title.) Manuscript received 27 January 2010; accepted 24 May 2010. Corresponding Editor: W. K. Michener. Corresponding author. E-mail: Raphael.Pelissier@ird.fr http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecology Wiley

Forest stand structure and composition in 96 sites along environmental gradients in the central Western Ghats of India

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Data Papers Ecology, 91(10), 2010, p. 3118 2010 by the Ecological Society of America Forest stand structure and composition in 96 sites along environmental gradients in the central Western Ghats of India Ecological Archives E091-216 1 2 1 2 1,3,5 B. R. RAMESH, M. H. SWAMINATH, SANTOSHGOUDA V. PATIL, DASAPPA, RAPHAEL PELISSIER, 1,4 1 1 1 P. DILIP VENUGOPAL, S. ARAVAJY, CLAIRE ELOUARD, AND S. RAMALINGAM French Institute of Pondicherry, UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE, 11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001 India Karnataka Forest Department, Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore 560003 India IRD, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, F-34000 France Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, 4124 Plant Sciences Building, College Park, Maryland 20742-4454 USA Abstract. This data set reports woody plant species abundances in a network of 96 sampling sites spread across 22 000 km in the central Western Ghats region, Karnataka, India 0 0 0 0 (74815 –75840 E; 15815 –13830 N). Due to its varied climate and diverse topography, the study area, which is part of the Western Ghats–Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot, supports a wide array of non-equatorial tropical habitats including wet evergreen, moist and dry deciduous, and intact as well as degraded forests and scrublands. These formations, floristically moderately rich and diversified, are characterized by a lower rate of endemism than in the southern part of the Western Ghats. This data paper provides abundance and girth data for 76 813 trees and lianas of 446 species collected in 96 sampling sites during 1996–1997. A total of 61 965 individuals 10-cm girth at breast height (gbh) were recorded in 96 1-ha macroplots, while 14 848 individuals ,10 cm gbh, but .1 m height, were sampled in three 0.1- ha microplots located within each macroplot. Additional data regarding the stand structure (average canopy height, percent canopy cover, number of strata) and the level of degradation are available for the macroplots, along with environmental data derived from other sources and analyses, such as soil types, rainfall, length of the dry season, and altitude. These data have been used to produce ecological research papers, as well as to elaborate conservation value maps and recommendations toward sustainable management of the forests of the central Western Ghats region. Key words: biodiversity sampling plots; central Western Ghats; India; Karnataka; mesoscale plot network; plant species abundances; tropical forest types. The complete data sets corresponding to abstracts published in the Data Papers section of the journal are published electronically in Ecological Archives at hhttp://esapubs.org/archivei. (The accession number for each Data Paper is given directly beneath the title.) Manuscript received 27 January 2010; accepted 24 May 2010. Corresponding Editor: W. K. Michener. Corresponding author. E-mail: Raphael.Pelissier@ird.fr

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