Multi-temporal dataset of stand and canopy structural data in temperate and Mediterranean coppice forests

Published: 5 December 2023| Version 5 | DOI: 10.17632/z8zm3ytkcx.5
, Andrea Cutini, Tessa Giannini, Carlotta Ferrara


We provided long-term stand and canopy structural data from permanent monitoring plots representative of some most diffuse temperate and Mediterranean forests, under different coppice management regimes. Periodic inventories were performed in the surveyed plots since the 70s. Annual litterfall production and its partitioning (leaf, woody, reproductive parts) and optical canopy measurements using the LAI-2000 Plant Canopy Anayzer were performed every year in these plots since the 90s. These data can be used for evaluating the influence of coppice management on stand and canopy structure, the parametrization of radiative transfer models that require accurate ground truth data, as well as the calibration of high to medium resolution remotely-sensed data. The former version of the dataset was described in the article by Chianucci et al. 2019 (


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35 permanent long term monitoring plots 1) Repeated inventory data collected at periodic intervals. 2) Litterfall data collected every year in fall-winter in littertraps sistematically distributed in the plots (9-15 littertraps per plot); collected litterfall separated into leaf, woody, seed, husks, flowers and other components in laboratory and their biomass measured after oven-drying litter 24 hours at 85° C in fan-forced ovens. 3) Annual canopy optical data collected using the LAI-2000 (Li-Cor Inc., USA), with sampling performed usually in spring-summer along sistematically distributed sampling plots close to the littertraps (9-15 points per plot); canopy attributes estimated from LAI-2000 measurements using the instrument-dedicated software ('FV2200').


Forestry, Leaf Area, Silviculture, Forest Inventory