List of plant species and species codes for ITEX flux survey


A list of plant species encountered during the ITEX flux survey, with their corrresponding 6 letter codes and functional groups. Research sites were located in the Toolik Lake LTER fertilization experiment in Alaska; at Imnavait Creek, Alaska; at Paddus, Latnjajaure and the Stepps site near Abisko in northern Sweden; at various sites in Adventdalen, Svalbard; in the Zackenberg valley, Northeast Greenland; at BEO near Barrow, Alaska and at the Anaktuvuk River Burn in Alaska. Data was collected during the growing seasons 2003 to 2006.

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Shaver, G. 2010. List of plant species and species codes for ITEX flux survey Environmental Data Initiative.

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Saturday, July 19, 2003 to Monday, August 17, 2009

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This is the main species list describing plant species encountered during the ITEX survey. Plots were established for measuring flux data and for harvesting biomass for analysis. All species found in flux and/or harvest plots are summarized in this table.

If a species was found in a particular location, it is checked under the appropriate column (Abisko, AR Burn, Barrow, Svalbard, Toolik, or Zackenberg).

Species codes are made from the first 3 letters of genus and species names. If only the genus is known, the genus code is followed by SPP.

COMMENTS: Note that this list is not comprehensive, species present in very low abundance were not identified. Many species, particularly graminoids, were identified only to genus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gus Shaver, The Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole, MA, 02543, USA

Bay, C. (1998) Vegetation mapping of Zackenberg Valley Northeast Greenland. Danish Polar Center.

Shaver, G.R., Street, L.E., Rastetter, E.B., van Wijk, M.T., Williams, M. (2007) Functional convergence in regulation of net CO2 flux in heterogeneous tundra landscapes in Alaska and Sweden. Journal of Ecology 95:802-817.

Street, L.E., Shaver, G.R., Williams, M., van Wijk, M.T. (2007) What is the relationship between changes in canopy leaf area and changes in photosynthetic CO2 flux in arctic ecosystems? Journal of Ecology 95: 139-150.

van Wijk, M.T., Williams, M., Shaver, G.R. (2005) Tight coupling between leaf area index and foliage N content in arctic plant communities. Oecologia 142: 421-427.

Williams, M., Street, L.E., van Wijk, M.T., and Shaver, G.R. (2006) Identifying Differences in Carbon Exchange among Arctic Ecosystem Types. Ecosystems 9: 288-304.


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Version Changes: 

Version 2: Added Zackenberg 2006 species list. Changed date in file name from 2005 to 2006. Oct 2006 LStreet
Version 3: Corrected abstract and methods - there were layered text boxes. JimL
Version 4: Updated LTERNET Data Access server proxy link for Excel and comma delimited data files. Changed from knb to das in url.
Version 5: Added Toolik and Barrow 2009 data. Changed file name from 2006 to 2009.
Version 6: Updated metadata form to newer version (without site sheet). CH 25Jan2013. Updated to newer metadata with site sheet. CH March 2013.
Version 7: Corrected Distrubution URL It has xlsfiles in the path. JimL Jun2014
Version 8: Corrected Distrubution URL. It had xlsfiles in the path. Jim L 19Jun14
Version 9: Changed Distrubution URL since the LTER network DAS system is being discontinued. JimL 9Apr2015

Sites sampled.

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