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dc.contributorMorley, Peter J-
dc.contributor.otherNERC - Natural Environment Research Councilen_GB
dc.coverage.spatialTaiwan, Mt. Hehuanen_GB
dc.creatorMorley, Peter J-
dc.description.abstractThis dataset details landcover change interpreted from historic aerial photography from the treeline ecotone of Mt. Hehuan, Taiwan, enabling change in the position and area of montane forest to be calculated at the elevational limit of the montane forest of Taiwan. The associated R files can be run to calculate change statistics presented in the paper 'Montane forest expansion at high elevations drives rapid reduction in non-forest area despite no change in mean forest elevation.' published in Journal of Biogeography - DOI: 10.1111/JBI.13951.en_GB
dc.description.tableofcontentsThe dataset is interpreted from four sets of aerial photography (P1-4) collected in 1963(P1), 1980(P2), 2001(P3) and 2016(P4) across a study are measuring 4072 ha from the Mt hehuan area of the Taiwanese Central Mountain Range. A proportional stratified random sampling design was used to assess change in forest distribution at the treeline ecotone. Sample plots were created that measure 15 x 15 m and slope orientation was used as a basis for stratification using 12 categories of slope aspect and incline attributes calculated from a high-resolution TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model. Strata were based on four cardinal compass directions (± 45° in either direction) and three inclination classes (0-20°, 21-45° and > 46°). The number of samples taken in each stratum was proportional to the area of the study region occupied by the aspect-incline combination and a total of 2,785 sample plots were interpreted, equivalent to 1.54 % of the study area. Each sample is assigned one of four vegetation classes for each year in the change survey. Areas that meet the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (2018) criterion of a forest as an area with at least 10 % canopy cover and trees greater than 5 m in height are classified here as forest. Areas with small trees present within the plot that do not meet the thresholds of a forest as set out by the FAO definition were categorised as establishing forest. The scale of the aerial photography (≤0.5 m pixel size) is sufficient to discriminate differences in tree size based on crown size. Areas with partial removal of the forest canopy between time periods are categorised as disturbed and treeless areas are categorised here as non-forest areas. The R files provided carry out the change assessment for the results presented in the paper publised in Journal of Biogeography (DOI: 10.1111/JBI.13951 ). R files should be run from the master script to as this will set up the change analysis to account for the stratification of sample plots and will then subsequently calculate change statistics for the study area as a whole and by each aspect or incline class.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirling. Faculty of Natural Sciencesen_GB
dc.relationMorley, PJ (2020): Mt Hehuan treeline ecotone change. University of Stirling. Faculty of Natural Sciences. Dataset.
dc.relation.isreferencedbyMorley, P.J., Donoghue, D.N.M., Chen, J. and Jump, A.S. (2020) Montane forest expansion at high elevations drives rapid reduction in non-forest area despite no change in mean forest elevation. Journal of Biogeography, 47 (11), pp. 2405-2416. DOI: https// Available from:
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dc.sourceAerial Photographyen_GB
dc.subjectClimate changeen_GB
dc.subjectForest changeen_GB
dc.subject.classification::Climate and climate changeen_GB
dc.subject.classification::Ecology, biodiversity and systematicsen_GB
dc.titleMt Hehuan treeline ecotone changeen_GB
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirling (Biological and Environmental Sciences)en_GB
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