Biodiv Sci ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (10): 1138-1142.DOI: 10.17520/biods.2019147

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A supplemental dataset to the Vegetation Map of the People’s Republic China (1:1,000,000): Forest and scrub formations

Wang Xuan1,2,Chen Guoke1,Guo Ke1,Ma Keping1,*()   

  1. 1 State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093
    2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
  • Received:2019-04-29 Accepted:2019-08-22 Online:2019-10-20 Published:2019-10-20
  • Contact: Ma Keping

Abstract:

The Vegetation Map of the People’s Republic of China (1:1,000,000) is the most important dataset for vegetation studies in China. However, some vegetation formations were not included in the Vegetation Map of China due to limitations of data and mapping techniques in the last century. In order to update the dataset, we collected data of vegetation formations and their distributions from the literature (1950-present). Based on the phytocoenology-ecology principle, formations with the same dominant species were classified as the same formation. Compared to formations in the Vegetation Map of the People’s Republic of China (1:1,000,000), we added 1,475 new vegetation formations of forests and scrubs.

Key words: Vegetation Map of China, forest and shrub formations, data collection