Synthesis & Data

The power of the ITEX network is the ability to do quantitative synthesis of pooled data collected across the tundra biome.  These syntheses are possible because of a shared set of protocols described in the ITEX Manual.  The synthesis activities are the lifeblood that sustains the ITEX network.  The results of these syntheses are generally of great interest to a wide array of researchers and policy makers.  The continued presence of researchers at the ITEX sites also servers as a platform to access soil or plant tissue samples from across the tundra biome. 

Using ITEX datasets

The ITEX network has agreed to make all data publically available as part of the agreed upon data sharing policy.  However, we ask that users of the data strongly consider offering authorship to all data contributors.  High profile publications are the best way to assure that these sites are maintained and that future data sets will be available.  Including data contributors as authors also assures that the data are used properly and that the conclusions drawn from the analysis are valid and meaningful. 

The community composition database complied by ITEX is being managed by Anne Bjorkman.

The phenology database complied by ITEX is being managed by Zoe Panchen.

Please contact them for access to the most up to date database.

Data Policy

The ITEX data use policy is described here.

Ongoing and planed synthesis activities using the ITEX network or ITEX data sets are:

Cassiope collection (Elise Gallois) email explanation

Dryas (formerly Draba) genetics (Cassandra Elphinstone) email explanation    MS word description

Species Pool (Christian Rixen & Anne Bjorkman & Signe Lett ) email explanation   MS word description   Excel

Plant Community Synthesis (Robert Björk & Ruud Scharn)

Tundra Trait Team (Anne Bjorkman)

Phenology  (Christian Rixen, Janet Prevéy & Zoe Panchen)

Below Ground Processes  (Juha Alatalo & Sara Hallin)

Herbivore Activity  (Isabel Barrio & Inga Svala Jónsdóttir)

sTundra  (Isla Myers-Smith, Anne Bjorkman, & Sarah Elmendorf)

Eriophorum vaginatum material  (Ned Fetcher)

Common Garden  (Greg Henry, Anne Bjorkman, & Esther Frei)

 

The network is eager to expand synthesis efforts.  Talk to the chair about leading a new synthesis activity.

ITEX synthesis History

The ITEX network has a successful history of synthesis activities outlined in the above pdf version of a powerpoint presentation.



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