At the GLORIA Conference 2010 Sept. 23-26, Perth, Scotland, around 100 members of GLORIA agreed on a refined and streamlined catalogue of methods resulting from the field experience of the first decade of GLORIA.
In summary, the components of GLORIA's Multi-Summit approach were divided into the two groups 'obligatory' and 'optional':
The draft of a new Field Manual will be circulated early 2011, until then please be aware of these changes when downloading and using the out-of-date manual!
The new Field Manual v5 will also list a variety of additional activities (Invertebrates monitoring, plant functional types, transects, traditional knowledge, socio-economic aspects) as defined at the conference in workgroups or already applied at some sites.
For a detailed description of the GLORIA Multi-summit approach download the Field Manual v4 (English version, Versión española, Chinese version) here!
This is GLORIA's basic approach. The main considerations in designing this approach were comparability, simplicity and economy for a effective network with a large number of sites. Four summit sites arranged along the elevation gradient are the minimum requirements for a GLORIA target region.
Summit divided into 8 sections: samples of the summit flora to detect species migration
with 4 permanent 1 m2 plots:
4 clusters per summit
(one in each main compass direction)
detailed species cover sampling to detect changes in the species composition
in the 1 m2 quadrats to detect changes of vegetation patterns
in each 3m x 3m quadrat cluster in one-hour intervalls to compare changes of the temperature