Amphibian observation and pond data (Aargau, Switzerland)

In the canton of Aargau, hundreds of new ponds have been constructed since the 1990s to benefit declining amphibian populations. This dataset consists of monitoring data for all 12 pond-breeding amphibian species in the canton of Aargau from 1999 to 2019 in 856 ponds, and environmental variables that describe the ponds and the landscape surrounding the ponds. Species observation data is detection/non-detection data from repeat visits during survey years, during which all potentially suitable ponds in an area were surveyed. Environmental variables describing the ponds are whether the pond has been newly constructed since 1991 or not, pond age (if constructed), elevation a.s.l., the water surface area, and whether the water table fluctuates or not. Environmental variables describing the surroundings of the ponds are the percent area of forest within a circular buffer of radius 100m around the pond, the area of large (width ≥6m) roads within a circular buffer of radius 1km around the pond, and structural connectivity.

The canton of Aargau is the owner of the monitoring data; the original datafile is only disclosed upon request and in consultation with the canton of Aargau.

The edited dataset contains cleaned observation data for the 12 amphibian species, as well as compiled and edited covariate data and code to fit dynamic occupancy models.

Funding Information:

This work was supported by:
  • BGB Initiative (BGB 2020)


Moor, Helen; Bühler, Christoph; Bergamini, Ariel; Vorburger, Christoph; Holderegger, Rolf; Schmidt, Benedikt R.; Egger, Simon (2021). Amphibian observation and pond data (Aargau, Switzerland). EnviDat. doi:10.16904/envidat.270.

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DOI 10.16904/envidat.270
Publication State Published
  • Email: helen.moorfoo(at) ORCID: 0000-0002-1340-2039 Given Name: Helen Family Name: Moor Affiliation: WSL Additional Affiliation : Eawag DataCRediT: Validation, Curation, Software, Publication
  • Email: buehlerfoo(at) Given Name: Christoph Family Name: Bühler Affiliation: Hintermann & Weber DataCRediT: Collection, Validation, Curation, Software, Supervision
  • Email: ariel.bergaminifoo(at) ORCID: 0000-0001-8816-1420 Given Name: Ariel Family Name: Bergamini Affiliation: WSL DataCRediT: Supervision
  • Email: christoph.vorburgerfoo(at) ORCID: 0000-0002-3627-0841 Given Name: Christoph Family Name: Vorburger Affiliation: Eawag DataCRediT: Supervision
  • Email: rolf.holdereggerfoo(at) ORCID: 0000-0001-7062-1759 Given Name: Rolf Family Name: Holderegger Affiliation: WSL DataCRediT: Supervision
  • Email: benedikt.schmidtfoo(at) ORCID: 0000-0002-4023-1001 Given Name: Benedikt R. Family Name: Schmidt Affiliation: info fauna karch Additional Affiliation : UZH DataCRediT: Supervision
  • Email: simon.eggerfoo(at) Given Name: Simon Family Name: Egger Affiliation: Abteilung Landschaft und Gewässer, Kanton Aargau DataCRediT: Supervision
Contact Person Given Name: Helen Family Name: Moor Email: helen.moorfoo(at) Affiliation: WSL ORCID: 0000-0002-1340-2039
Publication Publisher: EnviDat Year: 2021
  • Type: Collected Date: 1999-03-01 End Date: 2019-08-31
  • Type: Created Date: 2021-03-23
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Language English
Location Switzerland
Content License Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA)    [Open Data]
Last Updated January 12, 2022, 14:34 (UTC)
Created December 13, 2021, 13:51 (UTC)

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Acknowledgements We thank the canton of Aargau for allowing us use their monitoring data. We thank the ETH Board for funding through the Blue-Green Biodiversity (BGB) Initiative (BGB 2020).
Species Alytes obstetricans, Bombina variegata, Bufo bufo, Epidalea calamita, Hyla aborea, Pelophylax ridibundus, Pelophylax esculentus, Pelophylax lessonae, Rana temporaria, Ichthyosaura alpestris, Lissotriton helveticus, Lissotriton vulgaris, Triturus cristatus