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ClimPlant: realized climatic niches of vascular plants in European forest understoreys (v1.2)

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posted on 2023-01-24, 15:52 authored by Pieter VangansbekePieter Vangansbeke, Frantíšek Máliš, Radim Hédl, Markéta Chudomelová, Ondřej Vild, Monika Wulf, Ute Jahn, Erik Welk, Francisco Rodriguez-SanchezFrancisco Rodriguez-Sanchez, Alistair G. AuffretAlistair G. Auffret, Inger Auestad, Sofia Basto, Ulf Grandin, Hans Jacquemyn, anna jakobsson, Rein Kalamees, Marcus A. Koch, Rob Marrs, Bryndís Marteinsdóttir, Markus Wagner, Jan PlueJan Plue, Pieter De FrennePieter De Frenne

The updated ClimPlant database (v.1.2) contains information on the distribution of monthly, growing-season, and annual mean, minimum and maximum temperature and total precipitation within the distribution range of 1168 European plants, mostly associated with temperate forests.


Data in 56 csv-files with 1000 values for monthly, growing season and annual observations of mean, minimum, maximum temperature and precipitation in the distribution range for every species. One summary csv-file with summary statistics (mean, median, 5th and 95th percentile) for every species, of each climatic variable, together with seven key geographical descriptors: area of the distribution range, latitude and longitude of the centroid, and northern, eastern, western and southern range limit within the study area. 



More info in Vangansbeke et al., 2021, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 30(6), 1183–1190.

The database is freely available, but please cite both the database ( and the methodological paper (


ClimPlant: realized climatic niches of vascular plants in European forest understoreys 


Pieter Vangansbeke a, František Máliš b, Radim Hédl c, Markéta Chudomelová c, Ondřej Vild c, Monika Wulf d, Ute Jahn d, Erik Welk e, Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez f,g Alistair G. Auffret h, Inger Auestad i, Sofía Basto j, Ulf Grandin k, Hans Jacquemyn l, Anna Jakobsson m, Rein Kalamees n, Marcus A. Koch o, Rob Marrs p, Bryndis Marteinsdottir q, Jan Plue r, Markus Wagner s & Pieter De Frenne a

a Forest & Nature Lab, Department of Environment, Ghent University, Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267, 9090 Melle-Gontrode, Belgium.

b Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, T. G. Masaryka 24, SK-960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia

c Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, Lidická 25/27, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic.

d Research Area 2, Leibniz - Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Eberswalder Straße 84, D-15374 Müncheberg, Germany

e Institute for Biology/Geobotany and Botanical Garden, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Große Steinstrasse 79/80, D-06108 Halle, Germany

f Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. Cambridge CB2 3EA, United Kingdom.

g Departamento de Biología Vegetal y Ecología, Universidad de Sevilla. Avda. Reina Mercedes s/n, 41012 Sevilla (Spain). 

h Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 75 007 Uppsala, Sweden

i Department of Environmental Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, P.O. Box 133, N-6851 Sogndal, Norway

j Unidad de Ecología y Sistemática, Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Carrera 7 No. 43-82 Ed. Jesús Emilio Ramírez (53), Bogotá, Colombia.

k Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,Box 7050, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden

l Plant Conservation and Population Biology, Biology Department, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 31, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

m Division of Educational Science and Languages, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

n Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of 27 Tartu, Juhan Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu, Estonia and Tallinn Botanic Garden, Kloostrimetsa 52, 11913 Tallinn, Estonia

o Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg, D epartment of Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 345, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

p School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GP, UK

q The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Gunnarsholt, 851 Hella, Iceland

r Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural 52 Sciences, 75 007 Uppsala, Sweden

s UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Benson Lane, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB UK


Corresponding author:

Pieter Vangansbeke


PV and PDF were financially supported by the European Research Council through the FORMICA project (ERC Starting Grant no. 757833). FRS was supported by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 (Grant 275094) and the VI Plan Propio de Investigación of Universidad de Sevilla (VI PPIT – US). FM was supported by project project APVV-19-0319, and MC, RH and OV by the Czech Academy of Sciences long-term research development project RVO 67985939. AGA was supported by the Swedish research councils Formas (2015-1065) and VR (2020-04276). JP was supported by the Swedish research council Formas (2018-00961).


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