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Dataset for plant production responses to climate across water-limited regions

October 21, 2019

This dataset was constructed from readily available open source climate and vegetation data, like Landsat. This dataset represents the vegetation and climate conditions for a large number of points across the major deserts of the SW USA. The dataset was constructed in order to use the climate pivot point approach (Munson et al. 2013) at the landscape level. Originally this dataset was much larger but we were looking to study a pure vegetation signal and therefore developed a detailed masking procedure to remove fire, slope, human, and floodplain effects. The vegetation classification originally came from SW regap, though we have refined / regrouped the data. The vegetation classification for each point is representative of the dominant vegetation in the 30m area, but by no means is it the only vegetation there. In the pivot point methodology we look to understand how the vegetation production in a single year relates to long term mean production, these columns are included in the dataset. Lastly, this time series data was composited to the warm and cold season since the deserts studied had productivity/ climate events at different times of year. The definition of season is; warm season (July - September),and cold season (October - March).

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