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Title: Significance of topographic gradient in stem diameter - Height allometry for precise biomass estimation of a tropical moist forest in the central Amazon
Authors: Suwa, Rempei
Sakai, Takeshi
Santos, Joaquim dos
Silva, Roseana Pereira da
Kajimoto, Takuya
Ishizuka, Moriyoshi
Higuchi, Niro
Issue Date: 2013
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 47, Número 1, Pags. 109-114
Abstract: We developed a stem diameter D-height H allometric model that included variability in the D-H relationship along a topographic gradient. The study site was located along a belt transect (2500 × 20 m) established in a primary tropical forest near Manaus, Brazil. The transect included typical topography of the region, characterized by plateaus and valleys called "baixios". The D-H allometric model (n = 1307) indicated that potential tree height increased significantly, from 28 m at the lowest baixio plot to 35 m at the highest plateau plot. Consequently, by combining the D-H allometric model and an allometric equation with the variable D2H, biomass was estimated for trees (D > 10 cm) in each sub-plot (20 × 20 m). Ignoring variability in the D-H relationship introduced wide-ranging error to biomass estimation; error values ranged from -5% at a baixio plot to +6% at a plateau plot. Average biomass was 317 ± 28 (SE) Mg ha-1, and tree density and biomass fell significantly with decreasing relative elevation.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.6090/jarq.47.109
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