Urban forest assessment in Bangkok, Thailand  [2017]

Montri Intasen Richard J. Hauer et al.

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The objective of this study was to conduct an urban forest assessment for Bangkok and pilot the appropriateness of adapting the i-Tree Eco International software in Thailand. Urban forest structure, function, and value were estimated from 184 stratified random sample plots. A total 48 tree species were encountered and the three most common that contributed 34.1% of total tree population were Polyalthia longifolia Sonn. (15.7%), Mangifera indica L. (13.0%), and Pithecellobium dulce (Roxb.) Benth. (5.4%). The majority of trees (approximately 70%) were <23 cm in diameter. An estimated 2.5 (0.4 SEM) million trees with a canopy cover of 8.6% (1.3 SEM) exist in the Bangkok study area. These trees store an approximate total of 309,700 (73,726 SEM) metric tons of carbon and sequester 16,271 (2965 SEM) metric tons of CO ₂ annually. Additional research is needed to develop functional relationships for urban trees in Thailand to overcome a current limitation for using i-Tree Eco in Thailand to estimate structural and functional value of urban forests. Study results also provide land-use planners information on the current urban forest resource and the potential for future urban greening.

Other subjects

  • scanning electron microscopy
  • carbon dioxide
  • Mangifera indica
  • tree canopy
  • i-Tree Eco International
  • computer software
  • Polyalthia longifolia
  • trees
  • urban forests
  • canopy
  • land use
  • carbon
  • urban forest sampling
  • Pithecellobium dulce
  • Inventory

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Journal of sustainable forestry

ISSN : 1540-756X