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Title: The <i>fortedata</i> R package: open-science datasets from a manipulative experiment testing forest resilience
Abstract. The fortedata R package is an open data notebook from the Forest Resilience ThresholdExperiment (FoRTE) – a modeling and manipulative field experiment that teststhe effects of disturbance severity and disturbance type on carbon cyclingdynamics in a temperate forest. Package data consist of measurements ofcarbon pools and fluxes and ancillary measurements to help analyze andinterpret carbon cycling over time. Currently the package includes data andmetadata from the first three FoRTE field seasons, serves as a central,updatable resource for the FoRTE project team, and is intended as a resourcefor external users over the course of the experiment and in perpetuity.Further, it supports all associated FoRTE publications, analyses, andmodeling efforts. This increases efficiency, consistency, compatibility, and productivity while minimizing duplicated effort and error propagation thatcan arise as a function of a large, distributed and collaborative effort.More broadly, fortedata represents an innovative, collaborative way of approachingscience that unites and expedites the delivery of complementary datasets tothe broader scientific community, increasing transparency andreproducibility of taxpayer-funded science. The fortedata package is available via GitHub: (last access: 19 February 2021), and detaileddocumentation on the access, used, and applications of fortedata are available at (last access: 19 February 2021). The first publicrelease, version 1.0.1 is also archived at (Atkins et al., 2020b). All data products are also available outside of thepackage as .csv files: (Atkins et al., 2020c).  more » « less
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1655095 1702379
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Earth System Science Data
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943 to 952
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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