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sPlot – A new tool for global vegetation analyses

Helge Bruelheide 1 Jurgen Dengler 2 Borja Jiménez‐alfaro 3 Oliver Purschke 3 Stephan Hennekens 4 Milan Chytrý 5 Valério Pillar 6 Florian Jansen 7 Jens Kattge 8 Brody Sandel 9 Isabelle Aubin 10 Idoia Biurrun 11 Richard Field 12 Sylvia Haider 13 Ute Jandt 14 Jonathan Lenoir 15 Robert Peet 16 Gwendolyn Peyre 17 Francesco Maria Sabatini 13 Marco Schmidt 18 Franziska Schrodt 12 Marten Winter 19 Svetlana Aćić 20 Emiliano Agrillo 21 Miguel Alvarez 22 Didem Ambarlı 23 Pierangela Angelini 24 Iva Apostolova 25 Mohammed Arfin Khan 26 Elise Arnst 27 Fabio Attorre 21 Christopher Baraloto 28 Michael Beckmann 29 Christian Berg 30 Yves Berg 31 Erwin Berg 32 Anne Bjorkman 33 Viktoria Bondareva 34 Peter Borchardt 35 Zoltán Botta‐dukát 36 Brad Boyle 37 Amy Breen 38 Henry Brisse 39 Chaeho Byun 40 Marcelo Cabido 41 Laura Casella 42 Luis Cayuela 43 Tomáš Černý 44 Victor Chepinoga 45 Janos Csiky 46 Michael Curran 47 Renata Ćušterevska 48 Zora Dajić Stevanović 49 Els de Bie 50 Patrice de Ruffray 51 Michele de Sanctis 52 Panayotis Dimopoulos 53 Stefan Dressler 54 Rasmus Ejrnæs 55 Mohamed Abd El‐rouf Mousa El‐sheikh 56 Brian Enquist 37 Jörg Ewald 57 Jaime Fagúndez 58 Manfred Finckh 35 Xavier Font 59 Estelle Forey 60 Georgios Fotiadis 61 Itziar García‐mijangos 62 Luis Gasper 63 Valentin Golub 34 Alvaro Gutierrez 64 Mohamed Hatim 65 Tianhua He 66 Pedro Higuchi 67 Dana Holubová 5 Norbert Hölzel 68 Jürgen Homeier 69 Adrian Indreica 70 Deniz Işık Gürsoy 71 Steven Jansen 72 John Janssen 73 Birgit Jedrzejek 74 Martin Jiroušek 5 Jürgen Jürgens 35 Zygmunt Kącki 75 Ali Kavgacı 76 Elizabeth Kearsley 77 Michael Kessler 78 Ilona Knollová 5 Vitaliy Kolomiychuk 79 Andrey Korolyuk 80 Maria Kozhevnikova Łukasz Kozub Daniel Krstonošić Hjalmar Kühl Ingolf Kühn Anna Kuzemko Filip Küzmič Flavia Landucci Michael T. Lee Aurora Levesley Ching‐feng Li Hongyan Liu 81 Gabriela Lopez Gonzalez Tatiana Lysenko Armin Macanović Parastoo Mahdavi Peter Manning 82 Corrado Marcenò Vassiliy Martynenko Maurizio Mencuccini 83 Vanessa Minden Jesper Erenskjold Moeslund Marco Moretti 84 Jonas Müller Jérôme Munzinger 85 Ülo Niinemets Marcin Nobis 86 Jalil Noroozi Arkadiusz Nowak 87 Viktor Onyshchenko Gerhard Overbeck 88 Wim Ozinga 4 Anibal Pauchard Hristo Pedashenko Josep Peñuelas 89 Aaron Pérez‐haase Tomáš Peterka Petr Petřík Oliver L. Phillips Vadim Prokhorov Valerijus Rašomavičius Rasmus Revermann John Rodwell Eszter Ruprecht Solvita Rūsiņa Cyrus Samimi Joop H.J. Schaminée 90 Ute Schmiedel Jozef Šibík Urban Šilc Željko Škvorc Anita Smyth Tenekwetche Sop Desislava Sopotlieva Ben Sparrow Zvjezdana Stančić Jens Svenning Grzegorz Swacha Zhiyao Tang Ioannis Tsiripidis 91 Pavel Dan Turtureanu Emin Uğurlu Domas Uogintas Milan Valachovič Kim André Vanselow Yulia Vashenyak Kiril Vassilev Martin Vélez‐martin Robert Venanzoni Christian Vibrans Cyrille Violle 92 Risto Virtanen Henrik von Wehrden Viktoria Wagner Donald Walker Desalegn Wana Evan Weiher 93 Karsten Wesche 94 Timothy Whitfeld Wolfgang Willner 95 Susan Wiser Thomas Wohlgemuth 96 Sergey Yamalov Georg Zizka Andrei Zverev
Abstract : Aims :Vegetation-plot records provide information on the presence and cover or abundance of plants co-occurring in the same community. Vegetation-plot data are spread across research groups, environmental agencies and biodiversity research centers and, thus, are rarely accessible at continental or global scales. Here we present the sPlot database, which collates vegetation plots worldwide to allow for the exploration of global patterns in taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity at the plant community level. Results: sPlot version 2.1 contains records from 1,121,244 vegetation plots, which comprise 23,586,216 records of plant species and their relative cover or abundance in plots collected worldwide between 1885 and 2015. We complemented the information for each plot by retrieving climate and soil conditions and the biogeographic context (e.g., biomes) from external sources, and by calculating community-weighted means and variances of traits using gap-filled data from the global plant trait database TRY. Moreover, we created a phylogenetic tree for 50,167 out of the 54,519 species identified in the plots. We present the first maps of global patterns of community richness and community-weighted means of key traits. Conclusions: The availability of vegetation plot data in sPlot offers new avenues for vegetation analysis at the global scale.
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Helge Bruelheide, Jurgen Dengler, Borja Jiménez‐alfaro, Oliver Purschke, Stephan Hennekens, et al.. sPlot – A new tool for global vegetation analyses. Journal of Vegetation Science, Wiley, 2019, 30 (2), pp.161-186. ⟨10.1111/jvs.12710⟩. ⟨hal-02132381⟩

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