PFTCourses Elevational Gradient and TransPlant Experiment, Gongga Mountain, China

  1. li zhang
  2. alex brummer
  3. kari klanderud
  4. brian s maitner
  5. Sean T. Michaletz
  6. Xiangyang Sun
  7. William Erazo Garcia
  8. Ragnhild Gya
  9. Rebecca Lehman
  10. Michelangelo Sergio Moerland
  11. Linda Hovde Nordås
  12. lorah b seltzer
  13. Christien Steyn
  14. Xiaoxiang Zhao

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Description: This project reports on plant functional traits, vegetation, ecosystem, and climate data in response to climate change experiments and along a 1000 m elevational gradient in the Gongga Mountains, Sichuan Province, China. Across four sites along the elevational gradient, we conducted whole-community TransPlant warming and cooling experiments and passive Open Top chamber (OTC) warming experiments. The data were collected between 2012 and 2020 as part of several Chinese and Norwegian research projects and the international Plant Functional Traits Courses 1 and 2 (PFTC1 and PFTC2). Methodology and data are further described in [data paper] and more information about the projects can be found at [web pages].

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


In order to understand, and predict, climate change impact of relevance to the needs of society, we need approaches that enable us to scale up from individuals via populations and communities to the ecosystem level. Mountain regions are vulnerable to climate change and they harbour unique biodiversity and deliver important benefits to people such as food, water and climate regulation. It is thus o...


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