Herb layer biomass in Swiss forests

The purpose of this project was to develop a model to estimate herb layer biomass and carbon stock based on the categorical cover estimate on each NFI sample plot. To this end, biomass and cover of the six main plant groups in the herb layer were collected from 405 1x1 m subplots on 135 study sites (15 sites in 9 strata) which were selected based on a stratified sampling approach. To ensure consistency with NFI methodology, study sites corresponded to the design of regular NFI sample plots and plant cover was estimated by trained field-crew members. Based on the dry weight of the plant biomass and the cover estimate on each subplot, a linear regression model was developed and applied to estimate herb layer biomass on each NFI sample plot.


Markus Didion; Marc Baume; Fulvio Giudici; Jerome Schneuwly (2018). Herb layer biomass in Swiss forests. Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. doi:10.16904/envidat.52.

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DOI 10.16904/envidat.52
  • Name: Markus Didion  Affiliation: WSL  Email: markus.didionfoo(at)wsl.ch  ORCID: 0000-0003-0346-0646  Scheme: ORCID  DataCRediT: Validation, Curation, Software, Publication, Supervision
  • Name: Marc Baume  Affiliation: WSL  Email: marc.baumefoo(at)wsl.ch  DataCRediT: Collection, Validation
  • Name: Fulvio Giudici  Affiliation: WSL  Email: fulvio.giudicifoo(at)wsl.ch  DataCRediT: Collection, Validation
  • Name: Jerome Schneuwly  Affiliation: WSL  Email: jerome.schneuwlyfoo(at)wsl.ch  DataCRediT: Collection, Validation
Contact Person Name: Markus Didion  Email: markus.didionfoo(at)wsl.ch  Affiliation: WSL  ORCID: 0000-0003-0346-0646  Scheme: ORCID
Publication Publisher: Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL  Year: 2018
  • Type: Collected  Date: 2016-05-01  End Date: 2016-09-30
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Language English
Location Switzerland
License Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL)    [Open Data]
Last Updated April 18, 2019, 14:19 (CEST)
Created July 26, 2018, 11:23 (CEST)