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Biodiversity & Ecology

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Vegetation Database Main-Kinzig + Bergland

Thomas Michl* & Stefan Huck

Article first published online: 24 September 2012

DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00152

*Corresponding author contact: michl@buero-huck.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 361–361, Sep 12
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Keywords: biodiversity informatics; Calluno-Ulicetea; Molinio-Arrhenatheretea; phytosociology; Spessart; Trifolio-Geranietea sanguinei; vegetation classification


Abstract: This paper describes the structure and content of the Vegetation Database Main-Kinzig + Bergland (GIVD ID EU-DE-021). The database was initiated in 2004 to prepare a regional classification of the vegetation in the study region and to compile occurrence maps on the basis of individual relevés. It aims at collecting all available phytosociological relevés from the study region that is roughly defined by the mountain regions Spessart, Vogelsberg, Rhön and the adjacent lowlands (situated in southeastern Hesse and northwestern Bavaria). The main districts in the study region are Main-Kinzig, Wetterau, Vogelsberg, Fulda, Rhön-Grabfeld, Aschaffenburg and Main-Spessart. Presently, 1,562 of an estimated total of 20,000 relevés are available in the database, which is run offline with TURBOVEG software. Most of the relevés are from the Spessart and adjacent lowlands in the district Main-Kinzig. The most frequently recorded vegetation types are grassland and fringe communities. The data are used to prepare regional classifications by the authors. Proposals for joint analyses, e.g. supra-regional analyses and cooperation in large-scale classifications, are welcome.

Suggested citation:
Michl, T., Huck, S. (2012): Vegetation Database Main-Kinzig + Bergland. – 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: 361–361. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00152.