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Mortality factors for dead trees from a subset of plots from the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics Plot Network from 1998 to 2010


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Das, A.J., Stephenson, N.L., and Davis, K.P., 2016, Mortality factors for dead trees from a subset of plots from the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics Plot Network from 1998 to 2010: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This dataset was used to summarize and analyze the mortality factors recorderd on dead trees in the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics Plot Network, which is managed by the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field station of the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center. Each row of the dataset represents an individual dead tree. These are dead trees that were recorded in the network from 1998 to 2010 for the subset of plots as described in the associated manuscript; These data support the following: Das, A.J., Stephenson, N.L., Davis, K.P. 2016. Why do trees die? Characterizing the drivers of background tree mortality. Ecology. 97(10): 2616-2627,


Principal Investigator :
Nathan L Stephenson
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
Metadata Contact :
Adrian J Das
Co-Investigator :
Adrian J Das, Kristin P Davis
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SDC Data Owner :
Western Ecological Research Center

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Tree Mortality in the Sierra Nevada from 1998 to 2010.csv
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The data were collected in order to better understand what factors are involved in tree mortality processes. The data were used to identify which factors kill trees as well as their frequency of occurrence and relationships among them.


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DOI unknown doi:10.5066/F71Z42G6

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