Vol 8 Num 2

Estimation of biomass and carbon stocks: the case of the Atlantic Forest

Simone A. Vieira

Luciana F. Alves

Marcos Aidar

Luciana Spinelli Araújo

Tim Baker

University of Leeds, UK
João Luís F. Batista

Mariana Cruz Campos

Plinio B. Camargo

Jerome Chave

Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Welington B. Delitti

Niro Higuchi

Euridice Honorio

Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana
Carlos A. Joly

Michael Keller

CENA/USP, USDA/Forest Service, University of New Hampshire, USA
Luiz A. Martinelli

Eduardo Arcoverde de Mattos

Thiago Metzker

Oliver Phillips

University of Leeds, UK
Flavio A. M. Santos

Mônica Takako Shimabukuro

Marcos Silveira

Susan E. Trumbore


Atlantic Forest, above-ground biomass, allometric model, Carbon, Mata Atlântica

publication date: 04-01-2008

The main objective of this paper is to present and discuss the best methods to estimate live above ground biomass in the Atlantic Forest. The methods presented and conclusions are the products of a workshop entitled “Estimation of Biomass and Carbon Stocks: the Case of Atlantic Rain Forest”. Aboveground biomass (AGB) in tropical forests is mainly contained in trees. Tree biomass is a function of wood volume, obtained from the diameter and height, architecture and wood density (dry weight per unit volume of fresh wood). It can be quantified by the direct (destructive) or indirect method where the biomass quantification is estimated using mathematical models. The allometric model can be site specific when elaborated to a particular ecosystem or general that can be used in different sites. For the Atlantic Forest, despite the importance of it, there are only two direct measurements of tree biomass, resulting in allometric models specific for this ecosystem. To select one or other of the available models in the literature to estimate AGB it is necessary take into account what is the main question to be answered and the ease with which it is possible to measure the independent variables in the model. Models that present more accurate estimates should be preferred. However, more simple models (those with one independent variable, usually DBH) can be used when the focus is monitoring the variation in carbon storage through the time. Our observations in the Atlantic Forest suggest that pan-tropical relations proposed by Chave et al. (2005) can be confidently used to estimated tree biomass across biomes as long as tree diameter (DBH), height, and wood density are accounted for in the model. In Atlantic Forest, we recommend the quantification of biomass of lianas, bamboo, palms, tree ferns and epiphytes, which are an important component in this ecosystem.

how to quote this paper
Vieira, S.A.; Alves, L.F.; Aidar, M.P.M.; Araújo, L.S.; Baker, T.; Batista, J.L.F.; Campos, M.C.R.; Camargo, P.B; Chave, J.; Delitti, W.B.; Higuchi, N.; Honório, E.; Joly, C.A.; Keller, M.; Martinelli, L.A.; de Mattos, E.A.; Metzker, T.; Phillips, O.; Santos, F;.A.M..; Shimabukuro, M.T.; Silveira, M and Trumbore, S.E. Estimation of biomass and carbon stocks: the case of the Atlantic Forest. Biota Neotrop.  Apr/Jun 2008 vol. 8, no. 2 https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/v8n2/en/abstract?point-of-view+bn00108022008. ISSN 1676-0603.

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