Terrestrial monitoring programme. Studies in vegetation ecology of boreal birch forests in Børgefjell National Park, N Norway

Updated 2000-11-02

In 1990, the Directorate for Nature Management (DN) established an area for integrated monitoring within Børgefjell National Park, Røyrvik, N Trøndelag. Studies of vegetation-environment relationships in the area was performed by NINA. The area includes both subalpine birch forest and low alpine heath. The new established vegetation investigation included all together 80 different species. This material was processed numerically by using multivariate methods. Indirect gradient analyses were performed using Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DCA) and Local Nonmetric Multidimentional Scaling (LNMDS). Direct gradient analyses were performed by using rescaled hybrid Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA). Non-parametric correlation analyses, Kendall’s , were performed between environmental parameters and DCA axis values. The results of the numerical and statistical processing were used partly to provide a description of the vegetational structure in the material and partly to quantify how much each ecological parameters contributed to determination of vegetational structure. This work shows the species distribution along various complex gradients; moisture, nutrient conditions, light etc. The investigation is primarily designed to study vegetation dynamics along these gradients and whether changes in the number of species can be related to changes in physical, biotic and, not least, chemical parameters. Variance analysis was performed to assess to what extent the sample plots tends move in a determined direction from 1990 to 1995. The variation between the years were not significant along the primary complex gradients, but there were a significant displacement of species along the following gradients. The most important species were: Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Melampyrum sylvaticum and Hylocomium splendens), which showed an increase and some cryptogams like Brachythecium reflexum, B. salebrosum and Cladonia ecmocyna which declined.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
1989 -
Data collection
1990 -
Data processing
1990 -
Data reporting
1990 -

Contact information

Contact person
Vegar Bakkestuen
Address
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Post Box 736, Sentrum N-0105 OSLO Norway
Phone
+47 23 35 51 23
Fax
+47 23 35 51 01
Email
on.ukinanin.lsoanin@neutsekkab.ragev
Other project contacts
Erik Framstad Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Post Box 736, Sentrum N-0105 OSLO Norway

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Acidification parameters
Biological effects
Climate change effects
Heavy metals
Other metals/elements
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Higher plants
Lichens
Mosses
Precipitation/snow
Soil/Humus

Geography

Regions studied
Norway

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
no
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

The concept for vegetation investigation applied in TOV is harmonised with other vegetation monitoring programmes in Norway and Europe (e.g. Nordic Council of Ministers 2000).

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
Other institutes involved in the project

Directorate for Nature Management in Norway (DN)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

DN - TOV

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