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Vegetation Databases and Resurveys

Photo: Thilo Heinken
The Maulbeerallee site of the Institute of Biochemistry and Biology with the Botanical Garden

2 - 4 March 2016 in Potsdam, Germany

General Information

Since 2002 the German Working Group on Vegetation Databases engages in making the vast volume of plot data produced by vegetation scientists accessible to research and application. Our 15th meeting to be held from 2nd to 4th March 2016 at the University of Potsdam (Germany) will be dedicated to resurvey studies.

A major task of current ecological research is to detect and analyse environmental and biotic change due to land use change, nitrogen deposition, climate change and biological invasions. Preserving legacy vegetation data with precise georeferences (permanent and semi-permanent plots) in databases allows to revisit plots, resample their present species composition and compare it to historical states. Beyond the plot level vegetation datasets provide insights into beta-diversity and biotic homogenisation on the landscape scale. In large databases several resurvey studies may be combined to detect more general trends of vegetation change. Once detected, such trends can be attributed to ecological mechanisms and environmental drivers by relating them to site factors and species traits.


Kris VerheyenUniversity of Ghent, Belgium
Combining community resurvey data from multiple sites to advance global change research

Martin Diekmann - University of Bremen, Germany
How vegetation re-surveys can help to understand the effects of land-use change and atmospheric deposition on grassland vegetation

Karsten Wesche - Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz, Germany
Dramatic losses of arable plant vegetation in the German lowlands – lessons from resampling studies



Registration - Registration and abstract submission are available on this homepage.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission - 12th February 2016

Fees - There is no conference fee. A conference reader is included.

Refreshments - Some refreshments during the coffee breaks are sponsored by VegetWeb 2.0.

Organisation - Jörg Ewald (Chair of the Section “Vegetation Databases” within NetPhyD), Thilo Heinken  (University of Potsdam), Florian Jansen (University of Greifswald)

Contact - If you have any inquiries just contact Thilo Heinken (heinken@uni-potsdam.de)