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Dataset ID:2007lgcover.04
Dataset Title:Arctic LTER 2007: Relative percent cover was measured for plant species on Arctic LTER experimental plots in moist acidic tussock and dry heath tundra.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Laura
Last Name:Gough
Organization:Department of Biology
Address line 2:Box 19498
Address line 3:University of Texas at Arlington
City:Arlington
State:Texas
Zip Code:76019
Country:USA
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First Name:Camille
Last Name:Rogers
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Investigator 3: 
First Name:Carol
Last Name:Moulton
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Keywords:plant cover, Alaska, diversity, tundra, relative abundance, disturbance, populations
Abstract:Relative percent cover was measured for plant species on Arctic LTER experimental plots at Toolik field station in moist acidic tussock and dry heath tundra.
For questions about the Metadata and data contact the Investigators.
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Arctic LTER Information Manager
The Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Lab
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Phone (508) 289 7496
Email: arc_im@mbl.edu
Online URL: http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/ARC/
DATA FILE INFORMATION:
Data File URL http://metacat.lternet.edu/das/dataAccessServlet?docid=knb-lter-arc.10029&urlTail=terrest/plantinfo/data/2007lgcover.csv
Data File Name 2007lgcover
Beginning Date 7/13/2007
End Date 7/21/2007
Number of Data Records 2891
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Log of Changes: Updated Metadata sheet
Version 3: Updated metadata form to newer version (without site sheet). CH 25Jan2013. Updated to newer metadata with site sheet. CH March 2013.
Version 4: Checked keywords against the LTER network preferred list and replaced non-preferred terms. Jim L 17Feb14
 
RESEARCH LOCATION:                                            
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Geographic Description Arctic LTER, Toolik Field Station, North Slope Alaska - Moist Acidic Tussock Tundra. Arctic LTER, Toolik Field Station, North Slope Alaska - Dry heath tundra. Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description  
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TAXONOMIC COVERAGE:
Organisms studied Andromeda polifolia; Arctagrostis latifolia; Arctostaphylos alpina; Betula nana; Calamagrostis canadensis; Carex bigelowii; Carex microchaeta; Cassiope tetragona; Diapensia lapponica; Empetrum nigrum; Eriophorum vaginatum; Hierochloe alpina; Ledum palustre; Loiseleuria procumbens; Pedicularis lapponica ; Poa pratensis; Polygonum bistorta; Rubus chamaemorus; Salix phlebophylla; Salix pulchra; Stellaria longipes; Vaccinium uliginosum; Vaccinium vitis-idaea
 
Methods:The LTER moist acidic tussock (MAT) site was set up in 1989. The experimental design is four blocks of 5 x 20 meter plots with randomly assigned treatments within each block. Treatments include control (CT), greenhouse control (GHCT), greenhouse nitrogen plus phosphorus (GHNP), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and nitrogen plus phosphorus (NP). Fertilizer is added annually following snowmelt in June as 10 g/m2 nitrogen (as NH4NO3) and 5 g/m2 phosphorous (as triple superphosphate). Exclosure plots were set up at the MAT site in July 1996 on extra 5 x 20 meter plots within the four-block design of the 1989 LTER acidic tussock experimental plots. On each plot a 5 x 10 meter section was fenced with large mesh (4-inch square mesh) and within this fence a 5x5-meter plot was fenced with a small mesh (1/2-inch square mesh). In each block two fenced plots were setup: a plot with no fertilizer and a plot with annual fertilization treatments as described above. Thus the treatments created are no fence, no fertilizer (NFCT); small mesh fence, no fertilizer (SFCT); large mesh fence, no fertilizer (LFCT); no fence, N plus P (NFNP); small mesh fence, N plus P (SFNP); and large mesh fence, N plus P (LFNP). Only GHCT, GHNP, NP, NFCT, NFNP, SFCT, and SFNP were censused in 2007.

The LTER dry heath (DH) site was also established in 1989 using the same methods at MAT in three block replicates. Exclosure plots were set up within the blocks in 1996 using the same methods at MAT. NP, NFCT, NFNP, SFCT, and SFNP were censused in 2007.

Calculations: All percent cover values were summed within each plot, and then each value was divided by the total to generate a percent cover value standardized to 100%.

Reference Citations:
Gough, L. and S.E. Hobbie. 2003. Responses of moist non-acidic arctic tundra to altered environment: productivity, biomass, and species richness. Oikos 103:204-216.
Gough, L., P.A. Wookey, and G.R. Shaver. 2002. Dry heath arctic tundra responses to long-term nutrient and light manipulation. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 34: 211-218.

Sampling Description.

Permanent monitoring areas were established in all treatment plots in 1998. Eight 1 m2 plots are sampled in each treatment in each block each year at the end of July. A 1 m2 quadrat is aligned 0.2 m inside of the plot at the site of a flag marking the first measurement. Within this quadrat, aerial percent cover of all vascular plants are noted by species as is all other ground cover. Categories include moss (all species lumped), lichen (all species lumped), litter, and standing dead Betula nana. Bare ground, frost boil, and water are also recorded. As an indicator of vole activity, the percent cover of the plot comprised of vole burrow holes, vole trails, and vole litter (small pieces of dead plant material) are also recorded. To standardize cover among plots, all percent cover values were summed within each plot, and then each value was divided by the total to generate a percent cover value standardized to 100%.

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Data Type Units DateTime Format Code Information Missing Value Code
Year The year of percent cover measurement datetime   yyyy    
Site The site of percent cover measurement. text        
Treatment The manipulated treatment. text        
Block The treatment block number. text        
Plot Sample plot where percent cover was measured. text        
Species Species and cover categories determined on plots as described above. text        
Relative Cover The percent cover of a given species relative to the total cover of the plot. number percent      

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