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Dry season soil water potential maps of a 50 hectare tropical forest plot on Barro Colorado Island, Panama

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Kupers, Stefan J. ; Wirth, Christian ; Engelbrecht, Bettina ; Rüger, Nadja:
Dry season soil water potential maps of a 50 hectare tropical forest plot on Barro Colorado Island, Panama.
In: Scientific Data. Vol. 6 (May 2019) . - No. 63.
ISSN 2052-4463
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-019-0072-z

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Fine scale spatial variation in soil moisture influences plant performance, species distributions and diversity. However, detailed information on local soil moisture variation is scarce, particularly in species- rich tropical forests. We measured soil water potential and soil water content in the 50-ha Forest Dynamics Plot on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama, one of the best-studied tropical forests in the world. We present maps of soil water potential for several dry season stages during a regular year and during an El Niño drought. Additionally, we provide code that allows users to create maps for specific dates. The maps can be combined with other freely available datasets such as long-term vegetation censuses (ranging from seeds to adult trees), data on other resources (e.g. light and nutrients) and remote sensing data (e.g. LiDAR and imaging spectroscopy). Users can study questions in various disciplines such as population and community ecology, plant physiology and hydrology under current and future climate conditions.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER151688
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professor Plant Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professor Plant Ecology > Professor Plant Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bettina Engelbrecht
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 08:55
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 08:55
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/53860