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Category Text Publication
Reference Category Journals
DOI 10.3897/BDJ.6.e28406
Title (Primary) OpenNahele: the open Hawaiian forest plot database
Author Craven, D.; Knight, T.M.; Barton, K.E.; Bialic-Murphy, L.; Cordell, S.; Giardina, C.P.; Gillespie, T.W.; Ostertag, R.; Sack, L.; Chase, J.M.
Source Titel Biodiversity Data Journal
Year 2018
Department BZF; iDiv
Volume 6
Page From e28406
Language englisch
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Keywords Hawaii; forests; islands; biodiversity; community ecology; evolutionary ecology


This data paper provides a description of OpenNahele, the open Hawaiian forest plot database. OpenNahele includes 530 forest plots across the Hawaiian archipelago containing 43,590 individuals of 185 native and alien tree, shrub and tree fern species across six islands. We include estimates of maximum plant size (D950.1 and Dmax3) for 58 woody plant species, a key functional trait associated with dispersal distance and competition for light. OpenNahele can serve as a platform to test key ecological, evolutionary and conservation questions in a hotspot archipelago.

New information

OpenNahele is the first database that compiles data from a large number of forest plots across the Hawaiian archipelago to allow broad and high resolution studies of biodiversity patterns.
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Craven, D., Knight, T.M., Barton, K.E., Bialic-Murphy, L., Cordell, S., Giardina, C.P., Gillespie, T.W., Ostertag, R., Sack, L., Chase, J.M. (2018):
OpenNahele: the open Hawaiian forest plot database
Biodiver. Data J. 6 , e28406 10.3897/BDJ.6.e28406