The NICHE-Vlaanderen project had the goal to develop an hydro-ecological prediction model, used in ecological impact assessment studies. The data in this dataset is part of the vegetation-plot data used to feed the model and contains groundwater depending terrestrial vegetation relevées in relation to groundwater levels. Vegetation plot relevés were performed near selected piezometers (WATINA database, groundwater network Flanders) between May and August in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Initially the vegetation surveys were recorded in Turboveg (Hennekens, 1998) and later on moved to INBOVEG, the INBO vegetation plot database. The dataset contains 569 vegetation relevées, recorded during the fieldwork of the NICHE-Vlaanderen project. Relevées contain species coverage data, coverage data for layers, vegetation height and the date of recording. All the vegetation relevées were classified as vegetation types. Issues related to the dataset can by submitted here: https://github.com/inbo/data-publication/tree/master/datasets/inboveg-niche-vlaanderen-events
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The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 534 records.
2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:
De Bie E, Brosens D (2021): InboVeg - NICHE-Vlaanderen groundwater related vegetation relevés for Flanders, Belgium. v1.7. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Dataset/Samplingevent. https://doi.org/10.15468/gouexm
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Samplingevent; relevés; groundwater dependent vegetation; WATINA; terrestrial survey; Samplingevent
Flanders, Watina (Water in Nature Reserves) Network Flanders, Belgium Flanders has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, with relatively moderate summers and mild winters. Flanders is the northern part of Belgium. The two main geographical regions of Flanders are the Yser basin, in the North-West and the central plain. All the vegetation survey data originates from plots close to the measuring points of the WATINA hydrologic monitoring network in Flanders.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [50.68, 2.54], North East [51.51, 5.92]|
For every vegetation plot the tracheophytes and bryophytes were determined.
|Phylum||Tracheophyta (vascular plants), Bryophyta (mosses)|
|Start Date / End Date||2002-05-21 / 2005-07-07|
Sampling Methods Vegetation surveys Vegetation, neighbouring each WATINA Piezometer is described using a nearby vegetation plot. In forests the plot measures 10X10m² in open vegetations this plot measures 3X3 m². The Piezometer usually is one of the corners of the plot. A orientated location sketch was created for every survey, to make repeatability possible. For every plot, all occurring species were determined and for every vertical layer (Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Mosses) the coverage was measured (Londo scale). Londo scale Low coverage High coverage Code coverage Code coverage *.1 1% 1- 5-10% *.2 2-3% 1+ 10-15% *.4 4-5% 2 15-25% combination with: 3 25-35% r. some occurrences (1 or 2) 4 35-45% p. little occurrences (about 10) 5 45-55% a. many occurrences (about 100) 6 55-65% m. a lot occurrences (about 1000) 7 65-75% 8 75-85% 9 85-95% 10 95-100%
|Study Extent||InboVeg Niche Vlaanderen Vegetation plot surveys were performed between May and July 2002 near selected Piezometers (INBO-watina project). Coördinates were registered with a GPS.|
|Quality Control||Records are validated|
Method step description:
- Vegetation relevé data is recorded in the InboVeg database. This data was mapped to Darwin Core by creating a specific view. We mapped the data to Darwin core event, Darwin Core occurrence extension and Darwin Core Measurements or Facts for the specific Relevé data.
- Rogiers, B., Lermytte, J., De Bie, E. and Batelaan, O., 2011. Evaluating the impact of river restoration on the local groundwater and ecological system: a case study in NE Flanders. Geologica Belgica, 14 (3-4), 265-276
- Callebaut J., De Bie E., Huybrechts W. & De Becker P. (2007) NICHE-Vlaanderen. SVW, 1-7.
|Purpose||The goal of "NICHE-Vlaanderen" is to adapt the Dutch hydro-ecological prediction model “NICHE (Nature Impact Assessment of Changes in Hydro‐Ecological Systems)" for Flanders. The "NICHE-Vlaanderen" tool will be used to predict the effects on vegetation due to changes in hydrological conditions. This dataset only contains the vegetation plot data collected during the time of the project (2002 – 2006). The complete NICHE-Vlaanderen set also contains data of literature.|