University of Amsterdam (NL) - Páramo Vegetation Research, Sumapaz-Bocagrande-Chisaca paramo complex, Colombia
CitationCleef A M, Reyes P (2017). University of Amsterdam (NL) - Páramo Vegetation Research, Sumapaz-Bocagrande-Chisaca paramo complex, Colombia. Version 7.3. University of Amsterdam / IBED. Occurrence dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/lqmsih accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-12-16.
DescriptionThe Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) from University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been working on the Paramos of Colombia since 1970, in collaboration with Colombian researches and collecting information on different aspects of plant ecology. The Sumapaz dataset is generated from five studies. One done by Helmut Sturm and Orlando Rangel in 1985 about the ecology of andean paramos. The second source is the field data from professor Antoine Cleef (collected in different field campaigns between in 1977, 1981 and 1984) some of those were part of his PhD thesis (1981). Also data was provided by the ECOANDES project (vol. 7) which was dedicated only to the Sumapaz area. Another study from Sanchez and Rangel in 1990 provides vegetation information of paramo complexes located close by Bogota. Finally another study by Ernst and Seljee from 1988 provides information about the vegetation of the Bocagrande Paramo. This is a dataset providing information on the occurrence and location of 4494 plant species from the Paramo in this area, collected in 212 releves. For the purpose of the GBIF data-publishing, vegetation releve data were converted into species occurrence data.
PurposePurpose 1: Data in TurboVeg Purpose 2: data converted to species occurrence. Data repatriation to Colombia to be used in actual research.
Study ExtentThe study was done in the National Natural Park Sumapaz (PNN Sumapaz) and two adjacent areas (Chisaca and Bocagrande). In the sampling sites included Andabobos, Las Anillas lake, Cerro Nevado, Lagunalarga, Cortaderal Valley, Cuchilla La Rabona, El Fraile, Gobernador Lake, La Guitarra lake, Lagunitas, Media Naranjas Valley, Sitiales, Sorbedero, La Redonda Lake, Las Garzas lake, Los Tunjos and Santa Rosa. The data was collected in several field trips between 1972 and 1989.
SamplingThe vegetation sampling was done by the relevé method following the Braun-Blanquet principles. The relevé is a list of the plants in a delimited plot of vegetation, with information on species cover and on substrate and other abiotic features in the plot to make as complete as possible description in terms of community composition. The community vegetation releve data were converted into species occurrence data.
Quality ControlThe data stored in TurboVeg was checked to identify errors in the information or gaps needed to be filled. The two main fields identified to be checked/completed were the georeference data and the validation of the taxonomy of each species. Also the gaps in terms of the precision of the georeference data were filled.
- Releve data was stored in the software TurboVeg and then exported into species occurrence data. The species list used in TurboVeg was checked by an expert to confirm the valid taxonomy (taking into account taxonomy changes, synonyms, etc)(Guido van Reenen, paramo species list). This list was cross-checked with The Plant List (http://www.theplantlist.org/), for the period July 2011 until February 2013 (during this time frame the names where the accepted). Many of the data was lacking a georeference, precision of the georeference data and specific habitat indication. In 2012 to improve the dataset quality, it was completed as detail and precise as possible using several online resources, consultation with experts and revision of the original data. The georeference data was completed mainly with the use of Googlemaps, in collaboration with A. Cleef and checking the original field notes and the publications.
All plants identified to species level. Vegetation including phanerogams, bryophytes and lichens.
Plantaecommon name: Phanerogams rank: kingdom
Plantaecommon name: Bryophytes rank: kingdom
Fungicommon name: Lichens rank: kingdom
Most of the localities of the data set are part of the National Natural Park Sumapaz (PNN Sumapaz) and other are just outside the park borders close to Bogota, such as Chisaca and Bocagrande paramo, but here considered as part of the same area. All located in the Eastern cordillera. The PNN Sumapaz is located between de provinces of Cundinamarca, Meta and Huila, it has two main areas one in the eastern cordillera (called Sumapaz) and the other in the foothills of the “Llanos Orientales” region (called Pie de monte llanero). Chisaca and Bocagrande are both located in Cundinarmarca. In the Sumapaz region of the PNN Sumapaz in Cundinamarca, the municipalities of Arbelaez, San Bernardo, Gutierrez and Bogota are located. And in the “Pie de monte llanero” in Meta the municipalities of Acacias, Guamal, Cubarral, El Castillo, El Dorado, Lejanias and El Uribe are part of the park and finally in Huila only the municipality of Colombia is located within the park borders. The altitudinal range of the PNN Sumapaz goes from 1500m.a.s.l. up to 4360m.a.s.l. but the dataset only includes vegetation information from 3150m.a.s.l. up to 4250m.a.s.l.
- Cleef A. 1972, 1973, 1977, 2012. Field Data. Cleef. A.M. 1981. The vegetation of the paramos of the Colombian Cordillera Oriental. PhD Thesis. State University of Utrecht. 320pp. Also published as Dissertationes Botanicae, Baud 61, J. Cramer, Vadyz and "The Cuaternary of Colombia", Vol.9. - n/a
- Sanchez-M., R. and O. Rangel-Ch. 1990. Estudios ecologicos en la cordillera oriental colombiana V. Analisis fitosociológico de la vegetación de los depositos turbosos paramunos de los alrededores de Bogotá. Caldasia 16 (77): 155-192. - n/a
- Ernst M.T. and O.J. Seljée. 1988. Vegetation mapping in Paramo Bocagrande (Cundinamarca, Colombia). Hugo de Vries Laboratory, University of Amsterdam. Internal Report No. 253. 71 p. - n/a
- Cleef, A.M., O. Rangel-Ch and H. Arellano, 2008. The paramo vegetation of the Sumapaz massif (Eastern Cordillera, Colombia). In: Studies on Tropical Andean Ecosystems. Vol. 7. van der Hammen., T. (ed). Instituto geografico "Agustin Codazzi" (IGAC), Instituto de Ceincias Naturales - Museo de Historia Natural (ICN), Hugo de Vries-Laboratorium (IBED), Universiteit van Amsterdam and Tropenbos - International, Colombia. J. Cramer. Stuttgart, Germany. 1009p. - IBSN 978-3-443-50032-0
ContactsAntoine M. Cleef
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
position: Research Assistent
NLBIF, IBED, University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
Henk de Vries
position: Node Manager
P.O. Box 9517
Antoine M. Cleef
administrative point of contact
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904