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Carbon Sequestration Potential of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala State, India

  • J. Firmin Linus
  • P. V. Karunakaran
  • G. Devi
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Part of the Springer Earth System Sciences book series (SPRINGEREARTH)

Abstract

Global Warming is becoming a huge problem for the society due to the Green House Gas emission in the wake of modernization and urbanization. The process by which carbon sinks remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere is known as carbon sequestration. At a large scale, forests offer better carbon sequestration than any other terrestrial land use. Satellite data can be used to estimate ground biomass, seasonal productivity and carbon sequestration. With the help of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS), biomass and corresponding carbon sequestration potential of the forest of Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary was estimated in this study. This study provides a methodology to assess the biomass and carbon sequestration potential with quick turnaround time. With the acquired information about the presence of different types of forests, their corresponding capacity to store carbon in the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary had been estimated. Classified image and NDVI images of the study area were used to find out the biomass for various vegetation classes. It was found that carbon sequestration capacity of evergreen forests was highest, followed by semi-evergreen and deciduous forests.

Keywords

Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Carbon Sequestration Allometric Equation Ground Biomass Geographic Information System Software 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ECE DepartmentInfant Jesus College of EngineeringTuticorinIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Environment and DevelopmentThiruvananthapuramIndia
  3. 3.Anna University of TechnologyTirunelveliIndia

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