Ecological and Forest Inventory of Catalonia: Complete Plant Trait Dataset for Imputation Assessment
Plant trait and forest data were retrieved from the Ecological and Forest Inventory of Catalonia (IEFC), carried out between 1988 and 1998 (Gracia et al. 2000‒2004). The subset of the IEFC was limited to 13 study species. Forest structure, lithology and sampling information for each plot were retrieved from the IEFC database. Climate data were obtained from the Climatic Digital Atlas of Catalonia, with a spatial resolution of 180 m (Ninyerola et al. 2000).
We selected five plant traits (leaf mass per area, LMA, mg cm-2; leaf nitrogen per unit mass, Nmass, %mass; maximum tree height, Hmax, m; wood density, WD, gm cm-3; leaf biomass to sapwood area ratio, BL:AS, t m-2) that are used to describe major plant functional strategies. The auxiliary variables we considered were species identity, a set of climatic variables (mean annual temperature, annual thermal amplitude, both in °C), a set of forest structure variables (total aboveground biomass [T ha-1] and stem density [stems ha-1]), a set of topographical variables (county, elevation [m.a.s.l.], slope [°] and aspect), lithology (calcareous, non-calcareous or undetermined) and sampling month.