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Estimation of aboveground biomass in logged and primary lowland rainforests using 3-D photogrammetric analysis

Okuda, Toshinori and Suzuki, Mariko and Numata, Sinya and Yoshida, Keiichiro and Nishimura, Sen and Adachi, Naoki and Niiyama, Kaoru and Manokaran, N. and Hashim, Mazlan (2004) Estimation of aboveground biomass in logged and primary lowland rainforests using 3-D photogrammetric analysis. Journal of Forest Ecology and Management , 203(1-3) . pp. 63-75. ISSN 03781127

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2004.07.056


We estimated the total aboveground tree biomass (TAGB) in an old-growth primary forest and in a regenerating forest that had been selectively logged in 1958, both within the tropical rainforest of the Pasoh Forest Reserve in Peninsular Malaysia. This was achieved by comparing aerial photographs with data obtained previously from destructive sampling in the same area. Aerial photographs were taken above the primary and logged forest plots in 1997. The heights of the canopy-forming trees were estimated in both plots by means of aerial triangulation and were regressed against the diameter at breast height (DBH) of the corresponding trees measured during ground surveys. The resulting allometric relationship between tree height and DBH let us estimate TAGB: in the primary forest, TAGB was 310 Mg ha-1, which was ca. 10-12% smaller than the value estimated by means of destructive sampling conducted in the 1970s. The estimated TAGB of the logged forest was 274 Mg ha-1, which was significantly smaller than that of the primary forest (P P laser profiling system that can quantify changes in the forest's vertical structure or volume to estimate biomass and its variation in dense evergreen forests.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:aerial photography, satellite images, selective logging, tree allometry, Peninsular Malaysia, forest regeneration
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions:Geoinformation Science And Engineering
ID Code:971
Deposited By: Wan Hazli Wan Kadir
Deposited On:23 Feb 2007 07:08
Last Modified:19 Oct 2017 07:08

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