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Estimating carbon stocks in sub-tropical pine (Pinus roxburghii) forests of Pakistan  [2009]

Nizami, S.M. (PMAS Arid Agriculture Univ., Rawalpindi (Pakistan). Dept. of Forestry and Range Management) Mirza, S.N. (PMAS Arid Agriculture Univ., Rawalpindi (Pakistan). Dept. of Forestry and Range Management) Livesley, S. (The University of Melbourne, Richmond (Australia). Dept. of Forest and Ecosystem Science) Arndt, S. (The University of Melbourne, Richmond (Australia). Dept. of Forest and Ecosystem Science) et al.

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The study estimated the carbon stocks (t/ha) of the native sub tropical pine (Pinus roxburghii) forests of Pakistan. Vegetation and soil carbon stocks were assessed in two forest sites of sub-tropical pine forests (Ghoragali, 1729 ha and Lethrar, 1254 ha). Overall, 76 plots of 1 ha each were established between 2006-08 representing a sampling intensity of 2.5% of the total forest area. In each 1 ha plot, over story tree diameters at breast height and tree heights were measured. Soil samples (composite n=5) were collected at 0-15 and 15-30 cm depths in each 1 ha plot. Stem biomass was calculated from measured stem diameter, height, standard taper functions and wood density estimates. Total above and below-ground tree biomass was calculated using appropriate biomass expansion factors from the scientific literature to predict branch, foliage and root biomass. Soil carbon (0-30 cm) was calculated by using Walkey-Black organic carbon concentrations multiplied by mean soil bulk density measurements. The study revealed that overall (Vegetation + Soils) C Stocks (t/ha) in both the forest ecosystems of Ghoragali and Lethrar forests were 126 plus minus 2.94 and 99 plus minus 1.58 t/ha respectively.
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  • stems
  • biomass
  • diameter
  • carbon
  • tropical forests
  • vegetation
  • pakistan
  • pinus roxburghii
  • trees
  • height

Publicación

Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences (Pakistan)

ISSN : 0552-9034

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Tipo : Journal Article

In AGRIS since : 2010

Volume : 46

Issue : 4

Start Page : 266

End Page : 270

All titles :

" Estimating carbon stocks in sub-tropical pine (Pinus roxburghii) forests of Pakistan "