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Keamuku Maneuver Area soil moisture sensors data 2014-2016

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Publication Date
Start Date
2014-08-11
End Date
2016-05-25

Citation

Yelenik, S.G. and Rose, E.T., 2022, Keamuku Maneuver Area vegetation, soil, and foliar data 2013-2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9NDWVCH.

Summary

This data release includes data and metadata on post-disturbance percent cover of recovering vegetation after disturbance for sites within Keamuku Maneuver Area on Hawaii Island. This study looked at how microtopography and biotic interactions influence post-disturbance recovery in native shrub-dominated and non-native, invasive grass-dominated dryland habitats.

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Keamuku Maneuver Area soil moisture sensors data 2014-2016.csv 18.08 MB text/csv

Purpose

Habitat Suitability Indices (HSI) have been employed in restoration to identify optimal sites for planting native species. Often, HSI are based on abiotic variables and do not include biotic interactions, even though similar abiotic conditions can favor both native and non-native species. Biotic interactions such as competition may be especially important in invader-dominated habitats because invasive species often have fast growth rates and can exploit resources quickly. In this study we test the utility of an HSI of microtopography derived from airborne LiDAR to predict post-disturbance recovery in native shrub-dominated and non-native, invasive grass-dominated dryland habitats in Hawai‘i. As a part of this study, we monitored soil moisture in disturbed and undisturbed plots, as moisture can drive vegetation response in these dryland habitats.

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