A spatially-explicit database of tree-related microhabitats in Europe and beyond

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Tree to tree interactions are important structuring mechanisms for forest community dynamics. Forest management takes advantage of competition effects on tree growth by removing or retaining trees to achieve management goals. Both competition and silviculture have, thus, a strong effect on density and distribution of tree related microhabitats which are key features for forest taxa at the stand scale. In particular, spatially-explicit data to understand patterns and mechanisms of tree-related microhabitats formation in forest stands are rare. To train and eventually improve decision-making capacities related to the integration of biodiversity aspects into forest management plot of one hectare, so called marteloscopes were established in the frame of the ‘European Integrate Network’. In each plot, a set of data is collected at the individual tree level and stored in a database, the ‘I+ repository’. The 'I+ repository' is a centralised online database which serves for maintaining the data of all marteloscope plots. A subset of this repository was made publicly available via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, based on a data-sharing policy.

Full reference:  Zudin S, Heintz W, Kraus D, Krumm F, Larrieu L, Schuck A (2022) A spatially-explicit database of tree-related microhabitats in Europe and beyond. Biodiversity Data Journal 10: e91385. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.10.e91385