Biodiversity & Ecology
Short Database Report Open Access
Namib Desert Region Vegetation Database
Keywords: desert; diversity; global change.
Abstract: Since 1980 many observations of the vegetation in the dry regions of Namibia and South Africa have been recorded in the database of Namib Desert Region Vegetation Database (GIVD ID AF-00-007). All relevés were recorded using a standard size of 1000 m² and include spatial reference data, habitat information and all observed species occurrences with cover and (partly) abundance data. Worth mentioning is that the database has been sampled over a period of several years thereby including different seasons as well as dry and wet years. Many relevés do not show the entire local species pool at the time of documentation. The interpretation of therophytic, geophytic and hemicryptophytic species must take this into consideration. Conditions of strongly grazed plant individuals in particular during dry seasons may have resulted in some inconsistencies in plant identifications, e.g. Stipagrostis hirtigluma subsp. hirtigluma versus S. uniplumis var. intermedia.
Jürgens, N., Muche, G. (2012): Namib Desert Region Vegetation Database. – In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 296–296. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00093.