LOTVS: a global collection of permanent vegetation plots
Keywords: 
Ecoinformatics
Ecological succession
Ecosystem stability
Global scale
Permanent plots
Plant communities
Plant diversity
Temporal analysis
Time-series
Vegetation
Issue Date: 
2022
ISSN: 
1100-9233
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"This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: LOTVS: A global collection of permanent vegetation plots, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.13115. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited."
Citation: 
Sperandii, M. G.; de Bello, F.; Valencia, E.; et al. "LOTVS: a global collection of permanent vegetation plots". Journal of Vegetation Science. 33 (2), 2022, e13115
Abstract
Analysing temporal patterns in plant communities is extremely important to quantify the extent and the consequences of ecological changes, especially considering the current biodiversity crisis. Long-term data collected through the regular sampling of permanent plots represent the most accurate resource to study ecological succession, analyse the stability of a community over time and understand the mechanisms driving vegetation change. We hereby present the LOng-Term Vegetation Sampling (LOTVS) initiative, a global collection of vegetation time-series derived from the regular monitoring of plant species in permanent plots. With 79 data sets from five continents and 7,789 vegetation time-series monitored for at least 6 years and mostly on an annual basis, LOTVS possibly represents the largest collection of temporally fine-grained vegetation time-series derived from permanent plots and made accessible to the research community. As such, it has an outstanding potential to support innovative research in the fields of vegetation science, plant ecology and temporal ecology.

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