Ecological Research

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 989–990 | Cite as

Nation-wide litter fall data from 21 forests of the Monitoring Sites 1000 Project in Japan

  • Satoshi N. Suzuki
  • Masae I. Ishihara
  • Masahiro Nakamura
  • Shin Abe
  • Tsutom Hiura
  • Kosuke Homma
  • Motoki Higa
  • Daisuke Hoshino
  • Kazuhiko Hoshizaki
  • Hideyuki Ida
  • Ken Ishida
  • Motohiro Kawanishi
  • Kazutaka Kobayashi
  • Koichiro Kuraji
  • Shigeo Kuramoto
  • Takashi Masaki
  • Kaoru Niiyama
  • Mahoko Noguchi
  • Haruto Nomiya
  • Satoshi Saito
  • Takeshi Sakai
  • Michinori Sakimoto
  • Hitoshi Sakio
  • Tamotsu Sato
  • Hirofumi Shibano
  • Mitsue Shibata
  • Maki Suzuki
  • Atsushi Takashima
  • Hiroshi Tanaka
  • Masahiro Takagi
  • Naoaki Tashiro
  • Naoko Tokuchi
  • Toshiya Yoshida
  • Yumiko Yoshida
Data Paper

Abstract

This data paper reports litter fall data collected in a network of 21 forest sites in Japan. This is the largest litter fall data set freely available in Japan to date. The network is a part of the Monitoring Sites 1000 Project launched by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. It covers subarctic to subtropical climate zones and the four major forest types in Japan. Twenty-three permanent plots in which usually 25 litter traps were installed were established in old-growth or secondary natural forests. Litter falls were collected monthly from 2004, and sorted into leaves, branches, reproductive structures and miscellaneous. The data provide seasonal patterns and inter-annual dynamics of litter falls, and their geographical patterns, and offer good opportunities for meta-analyses and comparative studies among forests.

Keywords

Database Forest Litter trap Litter fall Japan Leaf phenology LTER Plot network Spatiotemporal dynamics The Monitoring Sites 1000 Project 

Copyright information

© The Ecological Society of Japan 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Satoshi N. Suzuki
    • 1
    • 20
  • Masae I. Ishihara
    • 1
    • 21
  • Masahiro Nakamura
    • 1
    • 22
  • Shin Abe
    • 2
  • Tsutom Hiura
    • 3
  • Kosuke Homma
    • 4
  • Motoki Higa
    • 2
  • Daisuke Hoshino
    • 5
  • Kazuhiko Hoshizaki
    • 6
  • Hideyuki Ida
    • 7
  • Ken Ishida
    • 8
  • Motohiro Kawanishi
    • 9
  • Kazutaka Kobayashi
    • 10
  • Koichiro Kuraji
    • 11
  • Shigeo Kuramoto
    • 12
    • 23
  • Takashi Masaki
    • 2
  • Kaoru Niiyama
    • 2
    • 24
  • Mahoko Noguchi
    • 12
    • 24
  • Haruto Nomiya
    • 13
  • Satoshi Saito
    • 2
  • Takeshi Sakai
    • 12
    • 25
  • Michinori Sakimoto
    • 14
  • Hitoshi Sakio
    • 4
  • Tamotsu Sato
    • 2
  • Hirofumi Shibano
    • 11
    • 26
  • Mitsue Shibata
    • 2
  • Maki Suzuki
    • 15
  • Atsushi Takashima
    • 16
  • Hiroshi Tanaka
    • 2
  • Masahiro Takagi
    • 17
  • Naoaki Tashiro
    • 18
  • Naoko Tokuchi
    • 14
  • Toshiya Yoshida
    • 19
  • Yumiko Yoshida
    • 15
  1. 1.Network Center of the Forest and Grassland Survey, Monitoring Sites 1000 ProjectJapan Wildlife Research CenterTomakomaiJapan
  2. 2.Forestry and Forest Products Research InstituteTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Tomakomai Research Station, Field Science Center for Northern BiosphereHokkaido UniversityTomakomaiJapan
  4. 4.Field Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of AgricultureNiigata UniversitySadoJapan
  5. 5.Tohoku Research CenterForestry and Forest Products Research InstituteMoriokaJapan
  6. 6.Faculty of Bioresource SciencesAkita Prefectural UniversityAkitaJapan
  7. 7.Institute of Nature Education in Shiga Heights, Faculty of EducationShinshu UniversityYamanouchiJapan
  8. 8.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  9. 9.Faculty of EducationKagoshima UniversityKagoshimaJapan
  10. 10.Botanical GardensTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  11. 11.Ecohydrology Research Institute, The University of Tokyo Forest, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of TokyoSetoJapan
  12. 12.Shikoku Research CenterForestry and Forest Products Research InstituteKochiJapan
  13. 13.Kyushu Research CenterForestry and Forest Products Research InstituteKumamotoJapan
  14. 14.Field Science Education and Research CenterKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  15. 15.The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The Tokyo UniversityChichibuJapan
  16. 16.Yona Field, Subtropical Field Science Center, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of the RyukyusKunigamiJapan
  17. 17.Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of MiyazakiMiyazakiJapan
  18. 18.Ashoro Research ForestKyushu UniversityAshoroJapan
  19. 19.Uryu Experimental Forest, Field Science Center for Northern BiosphereHokkaido UniversityHorokanaiJapan
  20. 20.Institute of Mountain ScienceShinshu UniversityNaganoJapan
  21. 21.Field Science Center for Northern BiosphereHokkaido UniversityHokkaidoJapan
  22. 22.Nakagawa Experimental Forest, Field Science Center for Northern BiosphereHokkaido UniversityHorokanaiJapan
  23. 23.Hokkaido Research CenterForestry and Forest Products Research InstituteSapporoJapan
  24. 24.Tohoku Research CenterForestry and Forest Products Research InstituteMoriokaJapan
  25. 25.Forestry and Forest Products Research InstituteTsukubaJapan
  26. 26.The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of TokyoFuranoJapan

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