New Forests

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 509–519 | Cite as

Aboveground biomass estimation of small diameter woody species of tropical dry forest

  • R. K. ChaturvediEmail author
  • A. S. Raghubanshi


Estimation of accurate biomass of different forest components is important to estimate their contribution to total carbon stock. There is lack of allometric equations for biomass estimation of woody species at sapling stage in tropical dry forest (TDF), and therefore, the carbon stored in this forest component is ignored. We harvested 46 woody species at sapling stage in a TDF and developed regression models for the biomass estimation of foliage, branch, bole and the total aboveground part. For foliage and branch biomass, the models with only stem diameter as estimator showed greater R 2. For bole and aboveground biomass, the models including wood specific gravity or wood density exhibited higher R 2 than those without wood density. Also, the model consisting of wood density, stem diameter and height had the lowest standard error of estimate for bole and aboveground biomass. Moreover, the R 2 values are very similar among models for each component. The measurement error of height and the use of a standard value of wood density together may introduce more than 2 % error into the models. Therefore, we suggest using diameter-only model, which may be more practical and equally accurate when applied to stands outside our study area.


Aboveground biomass Tropical dry forest Saplings Regression model Wood specific gravity 



The authors thank Divisional Forest Officer, Renukoot, Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh India for granting permission to work in the forest. They also thank the Associate Editor and the Reviewer for reviewing the manuscript and offering helpful suggestions. R.K. Chaturvedi thanks Council of Scientific and Industrial Research for funding support in the form of Senior Research Fellow (Extended).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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