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Preserving a Comprehensive Vegetation Knowledge Base : An Evaluation of Four Historical Soviet Vegetation Maps of the Western Pamirs (Tajikistan)

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Vanselow, Kim André ; Samimi, Cyrus ; Breckle, Siegmar-W.:
Preserving a Comprehensive Vegetation Knowledge Base : An Evaluation of Four Historical Soviet Vegetation Maps of the Western Pamirs (Tajikistan).
In: PLoS One. Vol. 11 (2016) Issue 2 . - e0148930.
ISSN 1932-6203
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0148930

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Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
VolkswagenStiftung

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We edited, redrew, and evaluated four unpublished historical vegetation maps of the Western Pamirs (Tajikistan) by the Soviet geobotanist Okmir E. Agakhanjanz. These maps cover an area of 5,188 km2 and date from 1958 to 1960. The purpose of this article is to make the historic vegetation data available to the scientific community and thus preserve a hitherto non available and up to now neglected or forgotten data source with great potential for studies on vegetation and ecosystem response to global change. The original hand-drawn maps were scanned, georeferenced, and digitized and the corresponding land cover class was assigned to each polygon. The partly differing legends were harmonized and plant names updated. Furthermore, a digital elevation model and generalized additive models were used to calculate response curves of the land cover classes and to explore vegetation-topography relationships quantitatively. In total, 2,216 polygons belonging to 13 major land cover classes were included that are characterized by 252 different plant species. As such, the presented maps provide excellent comparison data for studies on vegetation and ecosystem change in an area that is deemed to be an important water tower in Central Asia.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology > Professorship Climatology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cyrus Samimi
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 08:14
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 08:14
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/32465