Template: Veg Cover
Description: Root Depth
The depth of active roots. For example, the mean root depth (ROOT_DEPTH_STATISTIC = Mean) is the depth at which the highest probability density of the roots occurs. To better clarify the meaning, the mean root depth is where, for example, a low water content would affect most of the plants.
|Root depth species (taxa)
Vegetation species being described by the measurement. To enter a plant species, use the scientific name (Genus species Author or Genus Author). Please refer to www.theplantlist.org for current scientific names and authors. If the measurement includes all vegetation present, do not enter a value. Do not use SPP if reporting VEGTYPE.
|Root depth vegetation type
Use the predefined list to indicate the type of vegetation being described by the measurement (e.g., Grass, Evergreen Tree, Deciduous Tree, etc). If the measurement includes all vegetation present, do not enter a value. If vegetation type is not in predfined list, enter “Other/Not in list” and describe briefly in Approach. Do not use VEGTYPE if reporting SPP.
|Root depth statistic
The statistic for the measurement reported. Use predefined list (e.g., mean, min / max, standard deviation, etc). If appropriate, report the type of statistic (e.g., spatial for spatial standard deviation) in STATISTIC_TYPE.
|Root depth statistic type
The type of statistic reported if appropriate (e.g., spatial). Use predefined list.
|Number of observations used to determine root depth statistic
Number of observations (samples / replicates) used to calculate the STATISTIC for the reported measurement.
|Root depth measurement approach
|Root depth measurement date
Please report the date at the precision known. Allowed reporting precisions are YYYY, YYYYMM, YYYYMMDD, and YYYYMMDDHHMM. For measurements conducted during a campaign or for temporal averages, use DATE_START and DATE_END instead of DATE.
|Start date of root depth measurment
Start date of a measurement campaign or start date of a temporal average. Please report the date at the precision known. Allowed reporting precisions are YYYY, YYYYMM, YYYYMMDD, and YYYYMMDDHHMM. Do not use DATE_START if DATE is used.
|End date of root depth measurment
End date of a measurement campaign or end date of a temporal average. Please report the date at the precision known. Allowed reporting precisions are YYYY, YYYYMM, YYYYMMDD, and YYYYMMDDHHMM. Do not use DATE_END if DATE is used.
|Uncertainty in the root depth measurement date, start date, and/or end date
If uncertainty in the start date differs than end date, report the uncertainty for start date here in DATE_UNC and the uncertainty for end date in Comments.
|Root depth comments
STATISTIC Options (back to top)
|Quantile at 1% of distribution
|Quantile at 5% of distribution
|Quantile at 10% of distribution
|Quantile at 25% of distribution
|Median – 50th Percentile
|Median – Quantile at 50% of distribution
|Quantile at 75% of distribution
|Quantile at 90% of distribution
|Quantile at 95% of distribution
|Quantile at 99% of distribution
|Average (mean) value of sample population
|Standard deviation may be reported from a sample population that consists of individual or aggregated samples (observations). If the distinction is important, specify in Comments.
|Report uncertainty as a plus or minus value in the measurement units. For example, enter 1.5 for +/- 1.5 units. Uncertainty may be reported from the instrument’s specifications, determined empirically, or estimated by the tower team. Please describe such details in Approach. For uncertainty values that are better described by a range, a percent, or other, please enter information in Comments.
|Estimate made by expert familiar with site
STATISTIC_TYPE Options (back to top)
|The statistic indicated is a metric that describes the spatial component of the sample population. For example, use spatial for the standard devation of samples (observations) that represents different locations at the site for the same time period.
VEGTYPE Options (back to top)
|Grass / Graminoid
|Grasses, Sedges, Rushes, and other grass-like monocots (member of order Poales)
|Trees that shed their entire canopy seasonallly. Drought or cold avoidence are common reasons for deciduousness.
|Trees that do not seasonally shed their full canopies.
|Herb / Forb
|Annual Herb / Forb
|Perennial Herb / Forb
|Liana / vine
|Cactus, Euphorbs, including CAM
|Other/Not in list
|Only use this option if a major vegetation group is not included already included in the predefined list. If an existing vegetation group is not specific enough, use the existing vegetation option and add details in Approach (rather than using the “Other/Not in list” option).
|Bare ground, water, or rock. Use only with SPP_PERC_O and SPP_PERC_U
|Water (perennially submerged ground)