B. R. Ramesh, M. H. Swaminath, Santoshgouda V. Patil, Dasappa, Raphaël Pélissier, P. Dilip Venugopal, S. Aravajy, Claire Elouard, and S. Ramalingam. 2010. Forest stand structure and composition in 96 sites along environmental gradients in the central Western Ghats of India. Ecology 91:3118.


Data Paper

Ecological Archives E091-216-D1.

Data Paper: Revision 1. Corrected data file published 5 January 2011.

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Author(s)

B. R. Ramesh
French Institute of Pondicherry
UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE
11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001, India

M. H. Swaminath
Karnataka Forest Department
Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross
Malleshwaram, Bangalore 56003, India

Santoshgouda V. Patil
French Institute of Pondicherry
UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE
11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001, India

Desappa
Karnataka Forest Department
Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross
Malleshwaram, Bangalore 56003, India

Raphaël Pélissier
French Institute of Pondicherry
UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE
11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001, India
   and
IRD,UMR AMAP, Montpellier, F-34000, France
E-mail: Raphael.Pelissier@ird.fr

P. Dilip Venugopal
French Institute of Pondicherry
UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE
11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001, India
   and
Department of Entomology
University of Maryland
4124 Plant Sciences Building, College Park, Maryland 20642-4454 USA

S. Aravajy
French Institute of Pondicherry
UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE
11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001, India

Claire Elouard
French Institute of Pondicherry
UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE
11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001, India

S. Ramalingam
French Institute of Pondicherry
UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE
11 St Louis Street, Puducherry 605001, India


Data Files

KPSP_v4_Archive.zip -- All files at once
Macroplot_data.txt -- individual botanical identifications and girth data for 61965 individuals of 400 tree and liana species (including one unidentified category) with gbh > 10 cm in 96 1-ha macroplots [See Data Files Revisions below for a corrected version of the data.]
Microplot_data.txt -- abundance data for 334 woody species with gbh < 10 cm and height > 1 m (pooled for 3 microplots in each macroplot)
Site_variables.txt -- site-wise information table
Species_list.txt -- species-wise information table

Data Files: Revisions 1

Macroplot_data_Rev.txt -- Corrected version submitted 5 January 2011 of the macroplot_data.txt file.

Abstract

This data set reports woody plant species abundances in a network of 96 sampling sites spread across 22000 km2 in central Western Ghats region, Karnataka, India (74°15' – 75°40' E; 15°15' – 13°30' 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 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 76813 trees and lianas of 446 species collected in 96 sampling sites during 1996–1997. A total of 61965 individuals >10 cm girth at breast height (gbh) were recorded in 96 1-ha macroplots, while 14848 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.


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