Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome

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Abstract

Motivation: The Tundra Trait Team (TTT) database includes field-based measurements of key traits related to plant form and function at multiple sites across the tundra biome. This dataset can be used to address theoretical questions about plant strategy and trade-offs, trait–environment relationships and environmental filtering, and trait variation across spatial scales, to validate satellite data, and to inform Earth system model parameters. Main types of variable contained: The database contains 91,970 measurements of 18 plant traits. The most frequently measured traits (> 1,000 observations each) include plant height, leaf area, specific leaf area, leaf fresh and dry mass, leaf dry matter content, leaf nitrogen, carbon and phosphorus content, leaf C:N and N:P, seed mass, and stem specific density. Spatial location and grain: Measurements were collected in tundra habitats in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, including Arctic sites in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Fennoscandia and Siberia, alpine sites in the European Alps, Colorado Rockies, Caucasus, Ural Mountains, Pyrenees, Australian Alps, and Central Otago Mountains (New Zealand), and sub-Antarctic Marion Island. More than 99% of observations are georeferenced. Time period and grain: All data were collected between 1964 and 2018. A small number of sites have repeated trait measurements at two or more time periods. Major taxa and level of measurement: Trait measurements were made on 978 terrestrial vascular plant species growing in tundra habitats. Most observations are on individuals (86%), while the remainder represent plot or site means or maximums per species. Software format: csv file and GitHub repository with data cleaning scripts in R; contribution to TRY plant trait database (www.try-db.org) to be included in the next version release.

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Authors
  • Anne D. Bjorkman
  • Isla H. Myers-Smith
  • Sarah C. Elmendorf
  • Signe Normand
  • Haydn J.D. Thomas
  • Juha M. Alatalo
  • Heather Alexander
  • Alba Anadon-Rosell
  • Sandra Angers-Blondin
  • Yang Bai
  • Gaurav Baruah
  • Mariska te Beest
  • Logan Berner
  • Robert G. Björk
  • Daan Blok
  • Helge Bruelheide
  • Agata Buchwal
  • Allan Buras
  • Michele Carbognani
  • Katherine Christie
  • And 85 others
  • Laura S. Collier
  • Elisabeth J. Cooper
  • J. Hans C. Cornelissen
  • Katharine J.M. Dickinson
  • Stefan Dullinger
  • Bo Elberling
  • Anu Eskelinen
  • Bruce C. Forbes
  • Esther R. Frei
  • Maitane Iturrate-Garcia
  • Megan K. Good
  • Oriol Grau
  • Peter Green
  • Michelle Greve
  • Paul Grogan
  • Sylvia Haider
  • Tomáš Hájek
  • Martin Hallinger
  • Konsta Happonen
  • Karen A. Harper
  • Monique M.P.D. Heijmans
  • Gregory H.R. Henry
  • Luise Hermanutz
  • Rebecca E. Hewitt
  • Robert D. Hollister
  • James Hudson
  • Karl Hülber
  • Colleen M. Iversen
  • Francesca Jaroszynska
  • Borja Jiménez-Alfaro
  • Jill Johnstone
  • Rasmus Halfdan Jorgensen
  • Elina Kaarlejärvi
  • Rebecca Klady
  • Jitka Klimešová
  • Annika Korsten
  • Sara Kuleza
  • Aino Kulonen
  • Laurent J. Lamarque
  • Trevor Lantz
  • Amanda Lavalle
  • Jonas J. Lembrechts
  • Esther Lévesque
  • Chelsea J. Little
  • Miska Luoto
  • Petr Macek
  • Michelle C. Mack
  • Rabia Mathakutha
  • Anders Michelsen
  • Ann Milbau
  • Ulf Molau
  • John W. Morgan
  • Martin Alfons Mörsdorf
  • Jacob Nabe-Nielsen
  • Sigrid Schøler Nielsen
  • Josep M. Ninot
  • Steven F. Oberbauer
  • Johan Olofsson
  • Vladimir G. Onipchenko
  • Alessandro Petraglia
  • Catherine Pickering
  • Janet S. Prevéy
  • Christian Rixen
  • Sabine B. Rumpf
  • Gabriela Schaepman-Strub
  • Philipp Semenchuk
  • Rohan Shetti
  • Nadejda A. Soudzilovskaia
  • Marko J. Spasojevic
  • James David Mervyn Speed
  • Lorna E. Street
  • Katharine Suding
  • Ken D. Tape
  • Marcello Tomaselli
  • Andrew Trant
  • Urs A. Treier
  • Jean Pierre Tremblay
  • Maxime Tremblay
  • Susanna Venn
  • Anna Maria Virkkala
  • Tage Vowles
  • Stef Weijers
  • Martin Wilmking
  • Sonja Wipf
  • Tara Zamin
Organisations
External organisations
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Aarhus University
  • Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
  • University of Colorado
  • National Ecological Observatory Network
  • Qatar University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Barcelona
  • University of Greifswald
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • University of Zurich
  • Umeå University
  • Utrecht University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre
  • Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Technical University of Munich
  • University of Parma
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
  • University of Otago
  • University of Vienna
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • University of Oulu
  • University of Lapland
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
  • University of British Columbia
  • Federation University Australia
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Pretoria
  • Queen's University
  • University of South Bohemia
  • University of Helsinki
  • Saint Mary's University
  • Wageningen University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • British Columbia Public Service
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
  • University of Oviedo
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières
  • University of Victoria
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Antwerp
  • Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Griffith University
  • Leiden University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Waterloo
  • Laval University
  • Deakin University
  • University of Bonn
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Global Ecology Unit CREAF-CSIC-UAB
  • Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry (CERAF)
  • Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala
  • Research Institute for Nature and Forest
  • University of Aberdeen
Research areas and keywords

Keywords

  • alpine, Arctic, plant functional traits, tundra
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Ecology and Biogeography
Volume27
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 22
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes