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Biomass Allometric Equations of Naturally Growing Cedrus deodara in Dry Temperate Forests Ecosystems

Biomass Allometric Equations of Naturally Growing Cedrus deodara in Dry Temperate Forests Ecosystems

Abdul Raqeeb1,3, Syed Moazzam Nizami2,4*, Aamir Saleem3, Lubna Ansari3, Saeed Gulzar3, Basit Ali3, Masooma Saleem5
 

1Gilgit Baltistan Forest Department, Government of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan; 2Integrated Mountain Area Research Center, Karakoram International University Gilgit Baltistan 15100 Pakistan; 3Department of Forestry and Range Management, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 46200 Pakistan; 4Department of Forestry, Karakoram International University Gilgit, 15100, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan; 5Forest Education Divison, Pakistan Forest Institute Peshawar. 

ABSTRACT

In the recent past much of the stress has been given to the tree allometrics, above and below ground biomass and carbon sequestration databases to support the verification and development of greenhouse gas inventories under land use, land use change forestry (LULUCF). In this regard, empirical data of particular species for a specific forest ecosystem is of utmost importance. In the present study volume and biomass allometric of naturally growing Cedrus deodara tree in dry temperate regions of Himalaya has been developed from the empirical data collected from four different locations with three sites each as representative of its naturally growing area. Destructive sampling including excavation of roots was carried for overall 60 trees. The results revealed generic equations for above ground biomass and volume. However, statistical analysis pointed out several significant differences in biomass allocation among C. deodara tree due to stand characteristics, highlighting the role and importance of microenvironment in regional and national forest inventories. The study provides a comprehensive tool for estimating volume and biomass, thereby resulting in an accurate assessment of carbon sequestration and stocking in cedar dominated forest ecosystem in the region. 

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 52, Iss. 4, Pages 1225-1630

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