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PIE LTER quadrat percent cover associated with marsh sites used in space for time sea level rise study, Rowley, MA.

Abstract: 

To assess community structure, first each 1 square meter  is first examined by moving grass around to scan the substrate for mussels, crab burrows, amphipod burrows, and Littorina littorea snails. Researchers then estimates the percent live cover of a variety of plant species, checking against a standard list of species. Species not on the list are also recorded, and, if unknown, for identification in the lab after sampling. Each species has its cover recorded individually, which could lead to greater than 100% cover. Percent cover of bare space, detritus, and wrack are also recorded. Last, Melampus bidentata snails are recorded in 10 cm x 10 cm at each corner of the quadrat.

Core Areas: 

Data set ID: 

583

Keywords: 

Short name: 

HTL-RO-ST-MAR-Quadrats

Data sources: 

HTL-RO-ST-MAR-Quadrats.csv
HTL-RO-ST-MAR-Quadrats.xls

Methods: 

To assess community structure, first each 1 square meter  is first examined by moving grass around to scan the substrate for mussels, crab burrows, amphipod burrows, and Littorina littorea snails. Researchers then estimates the percent live cover of a variety of plant species, checking against a standard list of species. Species not on the list are also recorded, and, if unknown, for identification in the lab after sampling. Each species has its cover recorded individually, which could lead to greater than 100% cover. Percent cover of bare space, detritus, and wrack are also recorded. See HTL-RO-ST-MAR-Sites for site description.

Maintenance: 

Ongoing collection

Version 01: December 9, 2021, data and metadata updates to comply with importation to DEIMS7 and LTER Data Portal. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007_Jul2021 7/26/21 9:04 AM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0.

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