Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9068
Title: Developing general allometric relationships for regional estimates of carbon sequestration - an example using 'Eucalyptus pilularis' from seven contrasting sites
Contributor(s): Montagu, KD (author); Duttmer, K (author); Barton, CVM (author); Cowie, Annette  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2004.09.003
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9068
Abstract: General non-site-specific allometric relationships are required for the conversion of forest inventory measurements to regional scale estimates of forest carbon sequestration. To determine the most appropriate predictor variables to produce a general allometric relationship, we examined 'Eucalyptus pilularis' aboveground biomass data from seven contrasting sites. Predictor variables included diameter at breast height (dbh), stem volume, dbh² × H, dbh × H and height (H). The data set contained 105 trees, ranging from 6 to over 20,000 kg tree⁻¹, with dbh ranging from 5 to 129 cm. We observed significant site differences in (1) partitioning of biomass between the stem, branch wood and foliage; (2) stem wood density and (3) relationship between dbh and height. For all predictor variables, site had a significant effect on the allometric relationships. Examination of the model residuals of the site-specific and general relationship indicated that using dbh alone as the predictor variable produced the most stable general relationship. Furthermore, the apparent site effect could be removed by the addition of a constant value to the measured diameter (dbh + 1), to account for the differing diameter distribution across the seven sites. Surprisingly, the inclusion of height as a second predictor variable decreased the performance of the general model. We have therefore demonstrated that for 'E. pilularis' a general allometric relationship using dbh alone as the predictor variable can be as accurate as site-specific allometry, whilst being applicable to a wide range of environments, management regimes and ages. This simplifies regional estimates of aboveground biomass from inventory measurements, eliminating the need for site-specific allometric relationships or modifiers such as height, wood density or expansion factors.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Forest Ecology and Management, 204(1), p. 115-129
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISSN: 0378-1127
1872-7042
Field of Research (FOR): 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
050102 Ecosystem Function
070502 Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
820104 Native Forests
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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