Biomass equations for forest regrowth in the eastern Amazon using randomized branch sampling

Academic Article


  • Forest regrowth occupies an extensive and increasing area in the Amazon basin, but accurate assessment of the impact of regrowth on carbon and nutrient cycles has been hampered by a paucity of available allometric equations. We develop pooled and species-specific equations for total aboveground biomass for a study site in the eastern Amazon that had been abandoned for 15 years. Field work was conducted using randomized branch sampling, a rapid technique that has seen little use in tropical forests. High consistency of sample paths in randomized branch sampling, as measured by the standard error of individual paths (14%), suggests the method may provide substantial efficiencies when compared to traditional procedures. The best fitting equations in this study used the traditional form Y=a×DBHb, where Y is biomass, DBH is diameter at breast height, and a and b are both species-specific parameters. Species-specific equations of the form Y=a(BA×H), where Y is biomass, BA is tree basal area, H is tree height, and a is a species-specific parameter, fit almost as well. Comparison with previously published equations indicated errors from -33% to +29% would have occurred using off-site relationships. We also present equations for stemwood, twigs, and foliage as biomass components.
  • Authors

  • Ducey, Mark
  • Zarin, DJ
  • Vasconcelos, SS
  • Araújo, MM
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 2, 2009
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

  • Acta Amazonica  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 349
  • End Page

  • 360
  • Volume

  • 39
  • Issue

  • 2