Sokoine University of Agriculture

Carbon storage, structure and composition of miombo woodlands in Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains

Show simple item record Shirima, Deo D. Munishi, Pantaleo K. T. Lewis, Simon L. Burgess, Neil D. Marshall, Andrew R. Balmford, A. Swetnam, Ruth D. Zahabu, E.M 2017-12-05T08:50:12Z 2017-12-05T08:50:12Z 2011
dc.identifier.issn 0141-6707
dc.description African Journal of Ecology, 2011; 49: 332–342 en_US
dc.description.abstract We determine the aboveground biomass and carbon stor- age (ABGC) of trees and the herbaceous layer in miombo woodland in the Eastern Arc Mountains (EAM) of Tanza- nia. In four 1-ha sample plots in Nyanganje and Kitonga Forests, we measured all trees ‡10 cm diameter alongside height and wood mass density. The plots contained an average of 20 tree species ha )1 (range 11–29) and 344 stems ha )1 (range 281–382) with Shannon diversity values of 1.05 and 1.25, respectively. We weighted nine previously published woody savannah allometric models based on whether: (i) the model was derived from the same geographical region; (ii) the model included tree height ⁄ - wood mass density in addition to stem diameter; and (iii) sample size was used to fit the model. The weighted mean ABGC storage from the nine models range from 13.5 ± 2 to 29.8 ± 5 Mg ha )1 . Measured ABGC storage in the herbaceous layer, using the wet combustion method, adds 0.55 ± 0.02 Mg C ha )1 . Estimates suggest that EAM miombo woodlands store a range of 13–30 Mg ha )1 of carbon. Although the estimates suggest that miombo woodlands store significant quantities of carbon, caution is required as this is the first estimate based on in situ data. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd en_US
dc.subject Carbon storage en_US
dc.subject Composition en_US
dc.subject Eastern Arc Mountains en_US
dc.subject Miombo woodland en_US
dc.subject Structure en_US
dc.title Carbon storage, structure and composition of miombo woodlands in Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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