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  • Ecology Explorers educational data: vegetation data from multiple school locations in the central Arizona-Phoenix area
  • Ecology Explorers Program
  • The Sonoran Desert has the most diverse native plant species of any desert in the world. Many plants are uniquely adapted to living here and they are part of food webs that include animals and insects that also are adapted to desert living. Phoenix is an ever-expanding urban area located within the Sonoran Desert. Scientists are studying the impact of this urbanization on plant communities. Over the past 100 years, people have removed a lot of native vegetation and planted nonnative plants, trees, and shrubs. But there are still some desert remnants – areas that have been preserved as Sonoran Desert landscape – within the Phoenix metropolitan area. CAP LTER scientists are conducting plant surveys across the Phoenix Metropolitan area. They will be comparing the survey results to studies done 20 years ago. They also are interested in comparing vegetation in desert remnants to that in residential areas, parks, golf courses and vacant lots. You can participate in this study by comparing schoolyard and/or backyard data to desert remnant data and sharing this informationwith CAP LTER scientists. You may also decide to correlate your vegetation studies with the LTER Ecology Explorers’ bird and insect studies.
  • N: 33.708829      S: 33.298975      E: -111.612936      W: -112.373614
  • knb-lter-cap.33.9  
  • Copyright Board of Regents, Arizona State University. This dataset is released to the public and may be used for academic, educational, or commercial purposes subject to the following restrictions: While CAP LTER will make every effort possible to control and document the quality of the data it publishes, the data are made available "as is". CAP LTER cannot assume responsibility for damages resulting from mis-use or mis-interpretation of datasets or from errors or omissions that may exist in the data. It is considered a matter of professional ethics to acknowledge the work of other scientists that has resulted in data used in subsequent research. CAP LTER expects that any use of data from this server will be accompanied with the appropriate citations and acknowledgments. CAP LTER encourages users to contact the original investigator responsible for the data that they are accessing. Where appropriate, researchers whose projects are integrally dependent on CAP LTER data are encouraged to consider collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators. CAP LTER requests that users submit to the Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU, one copy of any publication resulting from the use of data obtained from this site. CAP LTER requests that users not redistribute data obtained from this site. However, links or references to this site may be freely posted.
  • doi:10.6073/pasta/1568bb1b63c5dab32b6bf3a3a56754e6
  • https://pasta.lternet.edu/package/eml/knb-lter-cap/33/9

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