Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
NCEAS 9762 : Center for Tropical Forest Science: Geographic distribution of tropical tree species , Hubbell S , Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute , Foster R , and Condit R. 2006.
Barro Colorado Island 50 ha Forest Dynamics Plot, Panama
nceas.298.6 (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org:443/knb/metacat/nceas.298.6/nceas)
General Information:
Title:Barro Colorado Island 50 ha Forest Dynamics Plot, Panama
Identifier:nceas.298
Alternate Identifier:Barro Colorado Island 50 ha Plot
Abstract:
Barro Colorado Island (BCI) has been the focus of intensive research on lowland tropical moist forest since 1923, and its flora is better known than any site of comparable size throughout the tropics. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Princeton University established the first Forest Dynamics Plot at BCI in 1980, as part of its comprehensive program of research in tropical forest biology, which includes plant physiology, canopy biology, and animal ecology. BCI Plot Data, Tables of Abundance, Plot Species and Soil Maps data are available.
Keywords:
  • Neotropical Tree Species
  • Forest Composition/Vegetation Structure
  • Forest Demography
  • Tree Demography
  • Canopy Characteristics
  • Forests
Publication Date:2006-10-18

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Organization:NCEAS 9762 : Center for Tropical Forest Science: Geographic distribution of tropical tree species
Individual: Stephen Hubbell
Email Address:
Shubbell@plantbio.uga.edu
Organization:Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Individual: Robin Foster
Email Address:
rfoster@fieldmuseum.org
Individual: Richard Condit
Organization:Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Email Address:
conditr@gmail.com
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: Richard Condit
Organization:Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Email Address:
conditr@gmail.com
Metadata Providers:
Individual: Callie Bowdish

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:Barro Colorado Island Nature Monument, Panama
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  -79.8500  degrees
East:  -79.8500  degrees
North:  9.1500  degrees
South:  9.1500  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
1981-01-01
End:
2005-12-31

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:  
Description:

BCI Plot Data

The 50-hectare permanent tree plot was established in 1980 in the tropical moist forest of Barro Colorado Island (BCI) in Gatun Lake in central Panama. Censuses have been carried out in 1981-1983, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005. In each census, all free-standing woody stems at least 10 mm diameter at breast height were identified, tagged, and mapped. Over 350,000 individual trees have been censused over 25 years.

http://ctfs.si.edu/datasets/bci/ is the location for more informaion on this data.

Species abundance for each of the censuses of all free-standing woody plants in 50 ha of forest.

http://ctfs.si.edu/datasets/bci/abundance/ is the location for more information on this data.

Soil Maps of Barro Colorado Island 50 ha Plot - On this webpage you can find copies of soil maps showing the estimated concentrations (mg/Kg) of base cations, extractable P, and ammonium and nitrate for the BCI 50 ha Forest Dynamics Plot. Kriged estimates for the 20 x 20 m quadrats are available in this excel file. A copy of the protocol used for the sampling of the plot, collection and chemical analysis of soil samples is available here.

http://ctfs.si.edu/datasets/bci/soilmaps/BCIsoil.html is the location for more information on this data/

Data Set Usage Rights

Terms and Conditions for the Use of BCI Forest Census Plot Data are listed on the website. These enclude, data request, non-tranferability, citation, copies of articles and acknowledgments.
http://ctfs.si.edu/datasets/bci/Terms%20and%20conditions.htm
Access Control:
Auth System:knb
Order:denyFirst
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File