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Biodiversity & Ecology

Short Database Report    Open Access 

Vegetation Database of Southern Morocco

Manfred Finckh*

Article first published online: 24 September 2012

DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00094

*Corresponding author contact: manfred.finckh@uni-hamburg.de

Biodiversity & Ecology  (Biodivers. Ecol.)

Special Volume: Vegetation databases for the 21st century,
edited by Jürgen Dengler, Jens Oldeland, Florian Jansen, Milan Chytrý, Jörg Ewald, Manfred Finckh, Falko Glöckler, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Robert K. Peet & Joop H.J. Schaminée
Volume 4, pages 297–297, Sep 12
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Keywords: BIOTA Biodiversity Observatory; permanent plot; rangeland vegetation.


Abstract: The Vegetation Database of Southern Morocco (GIVD ID AF-MA-001) compiles vegetation relevés and permanent plot data from south-central Morocco, with a special focus on the provinces of Ouarzazate and Zagora. Most of the data was sampled within the research projects IMPETUS (http://www.impetus.uni-koeln.de) and BIOTA Maroc (http://www.biota-africa.org/). The database includes most types of natural rangelands occurring in this area, in especially oromediterranean screes, oromediterranean cushion shrubs, Sagebrush steppes, Halfa-steppes, presaharan Hammada-steppes, Saharan rock desert, Saharan regs, Saharan sand dunes, Acacia-wadis, and halophytic salt pan vegetation. A special feature of the database are vegetation monitoring data from 35 permanent plots and two BIOTA Biodiversity Observatories along an altitudinal transect from the Mgoun area in the Central High Atlas down to the Lac Iriki at the Algerian Border. Those data include individual based plot observations and repeated relevés covering the period from 2001 to 2009.

Suggested citation:
Finckh, M. (2012): Vegetation Database of Southern Morocco. – 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: 297–297. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00094.