Fine 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, size and species of fine woody debris in each plot.

Dataset Design

Fine woody debris (FWD) were measured on two circular subplots (r=7 m) located in 2 opposite corners of every plot in every focal region. All standing dead trees and snags shorter than 1,3m and thiner than 5cm dbh, and all stumps and other dead wood pieces lying on the forest floor were measured (lenght/height and diameter in half lenght). Every piece was measured until its diameter dropped below 3 cm. Whenever possible, we determined species and in all cases, decay class.

Spatial Extent

Germany

Data columns available in the raw data part of this dataset

PlotID
Unique plot id
Data group: Plot id
Values
GER03
GER04
GER01
GER05
GER02
Subplot
No. of subplot
Data group: Subplot
Values
I
II
SpeciesCode
Tree species code
Data group: Tree species code
Values
ACEPLA
ALNGLU
ACECAM
ACE
ACEPSE
Species
Tree species
Data group: Tree species
Values
Acer campestre
Acer sp.
Acer pseudoplatanus
Alnus glutinosa
Acer platanoides
Position
Position
Data group: Tree/wood piece position
Values
L
ST
S
Decay class
Decay class
Data group: Decay class
Values
II
IV
III
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
103
105
11
10
10.5
Lenght/height
lenght/height; Datagroup description: Tree size (lenght for downed, height for standing trees)
Unit: cm
Data group: Tree size
Values
100
105
10
103
107
volume
volume
Unit: ccm
Data group: Tree size
Values
1001.46375
1009.7062500000001
1004.8000000000001
10148.872500000001
1017.36