Biodiversity & Ecology
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Wetland Vegetation Database of Baikal Siberia (WETBS)
Keywords: aquatic and marsh vegetation; Southern Siberia; wetland.
Abstract: Following Siberian botanists and biogeographers, we consider Baikal Siberia to consist of the three federal subjects (regions): Irkutsk Oblast’, Republic of Buryatia and Zabaikalskii Krai (former Chita Oblast’). The Wetland Vegetation Database of Baikal Siberia (WETBS; GIVD ID AS-RU-001) was established in 2002 at the Department of Botany and Genetics of the Irkutsk State University. It contains 2,806 relevés of aquatic and wetland vegetation sampled mainly in the southern part of Baikal Siberia during the summers of 2002–2010. WETBS covers all kinds of water bodies (freshwater lakes, ponds, river backwaters, steppe lakes, quarry lakes, ephemeral water bodies), rivers, brooks as well as adjacent wetlands. The main purposes of the WETBS are developing of syntaxonomy of the corresponding vegetation types, ecological analysis of vegetation and vegetation mapping. The WETBS is supported by IBIS software (Integrated Botanical Information System) which provides data storage, data analysis and data exchange.
Chepinoga, V. (2012): Wetland Vegetation Database of Baikal Siberia (WETBS). – 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: 311–311. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00107.