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Title: Plant traits, productivity, biomass and soil properties from forest sites in the Pacific Northwest, 1999–2014

Plant trait measurements are needed for evaluating ecological responses to environmental conditions and for ecosystem process model development, parameterization, and testing. Here, we present a standardized dataset integrating measurements from projects conducted by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis- Pacific Northwest (TERRA-PNW) research group between 1999 and 2014 across Oregon and Northern California, where measurements were collected for scaling and modeling regional terrestrial carbon processes with models such as Biome-BGC and the Community Land Model. The dataset contains measurements of specific leaf area, leaf longevity, leaf carbon and nitrogen for 35 tree and shrub species derived from more than 1,200 branch samples collected from over 200 forest plots, including several AmeriFlux sites. The dataset also contains plot-level measurements of forest composition, structure (e.g., tree biomass), and productivity, as well as measurements of soil structure (e.g., bulk density) and chemistry (e.g., carbon). Publically-archiving regional datasets of standardized, co-located, and geo-referenced plant trait measurements will advance the ability of earth system models to capture species-level climate sensitivity at regional to global scales.
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  1. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
FC03-90ER61010; FG02-04ER63917; FG03-00ER63014; NNX14AN65H; R-82830901-0; NAG5–11231; 013–67003–20652
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Data
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 2052-4463
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23); National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA); USEPA
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; Biogeochemistry; Ecological modelling; Environmental chemistry; Forestry; Plant physiology
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