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Dataset for plant production responses to climate across water-limited regions

Data for journal manuscript: Plant production responses to seasonal climate variability across deserts and plant communities of the southwestern U.S.


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Bunting, E.L., Munson, S.M., and Bradford, J.B., 2018, Dataset for plant production responses to climate across water-limited regions: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This dataset was constructed from readily available open source climate and vegetation data, like Landsat. This dataset represents the vegetation and climate conditions for a large number of points across the major deserts of the SW USA. The dataset was constructed in order to use the climate pivot point approach (Munson et al. 2013) at the landscape level. Originally this dataset was much larger but we were looking to study a pure vegetation signal and therefore developed a detailed masking procedure to remove fire, slope, human, and floodplain effects. The vegetation classification originally came from SW regap, though we have refined / regrouped the data. The vegetation classification for each point is representative of the dominant [...]


Point of Contact :
Seth M Munson
Originator :
Erin L Bunting, Seth M Munson, John B Bradford
Metadata Contact :
Seth M Munson
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Southwest Biological Science Center
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This time series dataset created to develop the climate pivot point approach based on Munson et al. 2013 (see Cross Reference). This time series regression approach looks to pinpoint the climate tolerance for key vegetation across the southwestern United States.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P98ZCJBI

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