Coarse woody debris - Germany

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Dataset Abstract

Dead wood plays an important role in element cycling (carbon, nutrients, water, etc.) and the build-up of carbon and nutrient stocks. It also represents an important structural component of forests, providing habitat for a large variety of organisms with often highly specialized habitat requirements (e.g. xylobiontic beetles). Both dead wood quantity and quality as well as its chemical and structural diversity are assumed to be linked to tree diversity.
This dataset contains decay class, position, size and species of the dead trees and other coarse woody debris in each plot.

Dataset Design

Coarse woody debris (CWD) were measured on each and entire plot in every focal region. All standing dead trees and snags higher than 1,3m and thicker than 5cm dbh, and all downed trees and other dead wood pieces longer than 1,3m and thicker than 5cm at the lenght of 1,3m were measured. Only CWD with its thicker end within plot borders were considered to be "in" the plot. Whenever possible, we determined species and in all cases, decay class. For every decay class/species present on plot, a wood sample was taken in order to determine density and C and N content.

Spatial Extent

Germany

Data columns available in the raw data part of this dataset

PlotID
Unique plot id
Data group: Plot id
Values
GER04
GER05
GER02
GER01
GER03
SpeciesCode
Tree species code
Data group: Tree species code
Values
ACECAM
ACEPLA
ALNGLU
ACE
ACEPSE
Species
Tree species
Data group: Tree species
Values
Acer sp.
Acer platanoides
Acer pseudoplatanus
Alnus glutinosa
Acer campestre
Position
Position
Data group: Tree/wood piece position
Values
D
S
Decay class
Decay class
Data group: Decay class
Values
III
IV
II
V
I
DHL/DBH
DHL/DBH; Datagroup description: Tree size (diameter at half lenght for downed, dbh for standing trees)
Unit: cm
Data group: Tree size
Values
11
10
10.5
12
11.5
Lenght/height
lenght/height; Datagroup description: Tree size (lenght for downed, height for standing trees)
Unit: cm
Data group: Tree size
Values
1010
1030
1040
1020
1000
volume
volume
Unit: cubic meter
Data group: Tree size
Values
0.00164933475
0.0025525418749999997
0.002624209396875
0.00206755891875
0.0026507165624999997