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Forests 2014, 5(5), 919-935; doi:10.3390/f5050919

The Application of Stem Analysis Methods to Estimate Carbon Sequestration in Arboreal Shrubs from a Single Measurement of Field Plots

New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd., 49 Sala Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Received: 14 January 2014 / Revised: 2 May 2014 / Accepted: 5 May 2014 / Published: 16 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest and Wood Vegetation Carbon Stores and Sequestration)
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Abstract

Repeated measurements of plots are usually made to directly determine carbon stock changes over time. However, it is sometimes only practical or feasible to inventory plots at the end of a period of interest, and stock changes need to be predicted retrospectively from supplementary information on growth rate. This situation applied to the natural stratum of post-1989 forest in New Zealand, for which carbon sequestration over Commitment Period 1 (2008–2012) of the Kyoto Protocol needed to be estimated from inventory data acquired in 2012. A pilot study was undertaken to test and refine methods that could be applied in the national inventory, utilizing plots that had been installed in eligible post-1989 natural forest in 2008. The plots had actual measurements and shrub biomass sampling to directly estimate carbon stocks in 2008. These plots were re-measured and sampled in 2012, and basal disc samples from plants growing adjacent to each plot collected to provide data to model stem annual increment in diameter and height of shrubs growing on the plot. We present the results of this test of methods, and discuss refinements to field procedures and calculation methods to be applied in the national inventory of this stratum of post-1989 forest in 2012.
Keywords: shrub biomass; stem analysis; carbon sequestration; allometry; above-ground tree biomass; manuka; kanuka; shrubland shrub biomass; stem analysis; carbon sequestration; allometry; above-ground tree biomass; manuka; kanuka; shrubland
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Beets, P.N.; Kimberley, M.O.; Oliver, G.R.; Pearce, S.H. The Application of Stem Analysis Methods to Estimate Carbon Sequestration in Arboreal Shrubs from a Single Measurement of Field Plots. Forests 2014, 5, 919-935.

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