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Biodiversity & Ecology

Short Database Report    Open Access 

Estonian Vegetation Database

Jaanus Paal*

Article first published online: 24 September 2012

DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00166

*Corresponding author contact: jaanus.paal@ut.ee

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 376–376, Sep 12
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Keywords: forest site type; grassland; microcoenoses; mire; synusia.


Abstract: The main aim of the Estonian Vegetation Database (GIVD ID EU-EE-001) is to provide, as complete as possible, a synopsis of Estonian plant community types, to enable analysis of their species diversity on synusiae/microcoenoses, community and regional scale, to assess the management impact on vegetation and to study successional processes in plant communities. For example, in official Estonian forest site type classification interprets several types rather widely and habitats of some dispersed types (floodplain, hillock and klint/escarpment forests) having great value for biodiversity preservation have been overlooked. In 2011 the inventory of Estonian mire habitats (15,326 in total) was completed, partly including vegetation data, but the latter have not been analysed yet. The most serious shortcoming of the Estonian vegetation database is until now the disunion of grassland data.

Suggested citation:
Paal, J. (2012): Estonian 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: 376–376. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00166.