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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 790219, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/790219
Research Article

Biomass Estimation of Dry Tropical Woody Species at Juvenile Stage

1Ecosystems Analysis Laboratory, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India
2Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India

Received 18 October 2011; Accepted 8 December 2011

Academic Editor: Krishna K. Moorthy

Copyright © 2011 R. K. Chaturvedi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Accurate characterization of biomass in different forest components is important to estimate their contribution to total carbon stock. Due to lack of allometric equations for biomass estimation of woody species at juvenile stage, the carbon stored in this forest component is ignored. We harvested 47 woody species at juvenile stage in a dry tropical forest and developed regression models for the estimation of above-ground biomass (AGB). The models including wood-specific gravity ( 𝜌 ) exhibited higher 𝑅 2 than those without 𝜌 . The model consisting of 𝜌 , stem diameter ( 𝐷 ), and height ( 𝐻 ) not only exhibited the highest 𝑅 2 value but also had the lowest standard error of estimate. We suggest that 𝜌 -based regression model is a viable option for nondestructive estimation of biomass of forest trees at juvenile stage.