EcoPlant: A forest site database linking floristic data with soil and climate variables
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
2005 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 257–260, April 2005
How to Cite
Gégout, J.-C., Coudun, C., Bailly, G. and Jabiol, B. (2005), EcoPlant: A forest site database linking floristic data with soil and climate variables. Journal of Vegetation Science, 16: 257–260. doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2005.tb02363.x
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Received 7 January 2005; Accepted 3 February 2005. Co-ordinating Editor: J.B. Wilson.
- Field survey;
- Geographical Information System;
- Nutrient availability;
Abstract. A new database is described, named EcoPlant, that currently holds data from 6432 phytosociological relevés of French forests. The aim of the database is to investigate and model the distribution of forest plant species, and their response to ecological factors, i.e. their ecological niche. Unlike other similar databases, a full environmental description is stored with the floristic data of each site. The climatic data at the site are included, and access to direct climatic variables is possible through geographic information system (GIS) modelling. Precise data on the soil are also stored for each site (soil profile and horizon descriptions, physical and chemical analyses of soil samples). The database is designed to enable linkages to existing soil, floristic or plant-trait databases.