ReSurveyEurope: A database of resurveyed vegetation plots in Europe

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Aims: We introduce ReSurveyEurope — a new data source of resurveyed vegetation plots in Europe, compiled by a collaborative network of vegetation scientists. We describe the scope of this initiative, provide an overview of currently available data, governance, data contribution rules, and accessibility. In addition, we outline further steps, including potential research questions. Results: ReSurveyEurope includes resurveyed vegetation plots from all habitats. Version 1.0 of ReSurveyEurope contains 283,135 observations (i.e., individual surveys of each plot) from 79,190 plots sampled in 449 independent resurvey projects. Of these, 62,139 (78%) are permanent plots, that is, marked in situ, or located with GPS, which allow for high spatial accuracy in resurvey. The remaining 17,051 (22%) plots are from studies in which plots from the initial survey could not be exactly relocated. Four data sets, which together account for 28,470 (36%) plots, provide only presence/absence information on plant species, while the remaining 50,720 (64%) plots contain abundance information (e.g., percentage cover or cover–abundance classes such as variants of the Braun-Blanquet scale). The oldest plots were sampled in 1911 in the Swiss Alps, while most plots were sampled between 1950 and 2020. Conclusions: ReSurveyEurope is a new resource to address a wide range of research questions on fine-scale changes in European vegetation. The initiative is devoted to an inclusive and transparent governance and data usage approach, based on slightly adapted rules of the well-established European Vegetation Archive (EVA). ReSurveyEurope data are ready for use, and proposals for analyses of the data set can be submitted at any time to the coordinators. Still, further data contributions are highly welcome.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13235
JournalJournal of Vegetation Science
Issue number2
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 01.03.2024

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Funding Information:
Ilona Knollov\u00E1, Milan Chytr\u00FD and Lubom\u00EDr Tich\u00FD were funded by the Czech Science Foundation (19\u201028491X). Bernd Lenzner and Franz Essl appreciate funding by the Global Plant Invasions\u2010project funded by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF; I 5825\u2010B). Helge Bruelheide and Ute Jandt appreciate the support of the German Research Foundation for funding sPlot as one of the iDiv (DFG FZT 118, 202548816) research platforms. Ekin Kaplan appreciates funding from the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution (VDSEE). Michael Glaser appreciates funding from the Austrian Climate Research Program (FA772033 \u201CAgriWeedClim\u201D). Stefan Dullinger received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 883669). Idoia Biurrun, Juan A. Campos, Itziar Garc\u00EDa\u2010Mijangos and Irati Sanz\u2010Zubizarreta were funded by the Basque Government (IT1487\u201022). Manuela Winkler received funding from the Austrian Academy of Sciences under the Earth System Sciences program (project \u201CMEDIALPS\u201D). Harald Pauli appreciates funding from the Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP 6: GZ B368633, KR13AC6K11076). Solvita R\u016Bsi\u0146a was supported by th LIFE Integrated Project LatViaNature LIFE19 IPE/LV/000010. Marta Gaia Sperandii acknowledges funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Sk\u0142odowska\u2010Curie grant agreement No 101090344. Borja Jim\u00E9nez\u2010Alfaro received funding from the Spanish Agency of Research (AEI), grant MCI\u201020\u2010PID2019\u2010108636GA\u2010I00. Alessandro Chiarucci was supported by the \u201CNational Biodiversity Future Center\u2014NBFC\u201D (Next Generation EU. Project code CN_00000033, CUP J33C22001190001). R\u00F3bert Kanka is supported by the VEGA 2/0048/22 grant.

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© 2024 The Authors. Journal of Vegetation Science published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Association for Vegetation Science.

    Research areas

  • biodiversity, community ecology, database, macroecology, monitoring, relevé, species richness, temporal change, time series, vascular plants, vegetation dynamics
  • Biology
  • Ecosystems Research