Dutch Vegetation Database (LVD)

Sampling event dataset published by Alterra, Wageningen UR

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Dutch Vegetation Database (LVD)

Description

The Dutch Vegetation Database (LVD) hosts information on all plant communities in the Netherlands. This substantial archive consists of over 600.000 recent and historic vegetation descriptions. The data provide information on more than 85 years of vegetation recording in various habitats covering terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems from natural, semi-natural as well as cultural landscapes. We share our data openly with the philosophy that transparency and sharing are routes for rapid knowledge generation, cooperation, and capacity building. New collaborations are extremely valuable to make the most of the data. Researchers are more thus encouraged to contact the dataset owner to collaborate on joint analyses and meta-analyses. Note the dataset can also be explored here: http://www.synbiosys.alterra.nl/lvd

Purpose

The Dutch Vegetation Database (LVD) is used for many different purposes, e.g. vegetation classification, species trend analysis, providing distribution maps of plant communities and Natura 2000 habitat types. Part of the database (100.000 plots) is included in the European Vegetation Database (EVA; http://euroveg.org/eva-database).

Additional Information

The location of plots having at least one threatened species listed on the Dutch Red list have been obscured to a level of 5x5 km squares.

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1868 - Nov 11, 2015

Language of Metadata

ENGLISH

Language of Data

ENGLISH

Administrative contact
Stephan Hennekens
Alterra, Wageningen UR Netherlands
Metadata author
Stephan Hennekens
Alterra, Wageningen UR Netherlands
Originator
Stephan Hennekens
Scientific researcher
Alterra, Wageningen UR Netherlands

doi:10.15468/ksqxep

Published by

Alterra, Wageningen UR

Publication Date

Jul 14, 2016

Registration Date

Jan 11, 2011

Hosted by

GBIF Secretariat

Served by

EUBON IPT

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External Data

Metadata Documents

10,808,798 Georeferenced data

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Description

The Netherlands

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What does this map show?

Taxonomic Coverage

The Dutch Vegetation Database (LVD) covers higher vascular plants, stoneworts, mosses and lichens. In only few cases mushrooms have been recorded.

KINGDOM
Plantae
UNRANKED
Algae

Methodology

Study extent

This dataset is an archive of more than 85 years of vegetation descriptions in various habitats in the Netherlands covering terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems from natural, semi-natural as well as cultural landscapes.

Sampling description

More than 600,000 vegetation descriptions are included in this archive using more than 40 different vegetation abundance methods (cover scales). Information about all cover scales can be found here: http://codes.ndff.nl/codes.php?identity=http://ndff-ecogrid.nl/codes/scales/root

Quality control

The original archive was exported from Turboveg2 in DwC-A format. Data stored in Turboveg ensures that it gets stored in a standard format allowing the data to be easily managed, cleaned, and visualised. It also allows all abundance measurements to be standardised - this archive uses percentage coverage for all species abundance measurements.

Method Steps

  1. All data was imported into Turboveg2.
  2. All data was exported from Turboveg2 in DwC-A format. Turboveg2 ensures the location of threatened species listed on the Dutch Red list are obscured to a level of 5x5 km squares. More information about how Turboveg2 exports to DwC-A can be found in the Turboveg User Manual section 7.24 "Export to Darwin Core Archive": http://www.synbiosys.alterra.nl/turboveg/tvwin.pdf