Allometric models for estimating the phytomass of a secondary Atlantic Forest area of southeastern Brazil
Keywords:biomass, allometry, carbon, secondary Atlantic Forest, forest biomass estimation
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to develop and validate equations to estimate the aboveground phytomass of a 30 years old plot of Atlantic Forest. In two plots of 100 m², a total of 82 trees were cut down at ground level. For each tree, height and diameter were measured. Leaves and woody material were separated in order to determine their fresh weights in field conditions. Samples of each fraction were oven dried at 80 °C to constant weight to determine their dry weight. Tree data were divided into two random samples. One sample was used for the development of the regression equations, and the other for validation. The models were developed using single linear regression analysis, where the dependent variable was the dry mass, and the independent variables were height (h), diameter (d) and d²h. The validation was carried out using Pearson correlation coefficient, paired t-Student test and standard error of estimation. The best equations to estimate aboveground phytomass were: lnDW = -3.068+2.522lnd (r² = 0.91; s y/x = 0.67) and lnDW = -3.676+0.951ln d²h (r² = 0.94; s y/x = 0.56).
How to Cite
Burger, D. M., & Delitti, W. B. C. (2008). Allometric models for estimating the phytomass of a secondary Atlantic Forest area of southeastern Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 8(4). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/454