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Allometric equations for estimating tree aboveground biomass in tropical dipterocarp forests of Vietnam

http://repository.vnu.edu.vn/handle/VNU_123/29561

There are few allometric equations available for dipterocarp forests, despite the fact that this forest type covers extensive areas in tropical Southeast Asia.

This study aims to develop a set of equations to estimate tree aboveground biomass (AGB) in dipterocarp forests in Vietnam and to validate and compare their predictive performance with allometric equations used for dipterocarps in Indonesia and pantropical areas.

Diameter at breast height (DBH), total tree height (H), and wood density (WD) were used as input variables of the nonlinear weighted least square models.

Akaike information criterion (AIC) and residual plots were used to select the best models; while percent bias, root mean square percentage error, and mean absolute percent error were used to compare their performance to published models.

For mixed-species, the best equation was AGB = 0.06203 × DBH2.26430 ×H0.51415 ×WD0.79456. When applied to a random independent validation dataset, the predicted values from the generic equations and the dipterocarp equations in Indonesia overestimated the AGB for different sites, indicating the need for region-specific equations.

At the genus level, the selected equations were AGB = 0.03713 × DBH2.73813 and AGB = 0.07483 × DBH2.54496 for two genera, Dipterocarpus and Shorea, respectively, in Vietnam.

Compared to the mixed-species equations, the genus-specific equations improved the accuracy of the AGB estimates.

Additionally, the genus-specific equations showed no significant differences in predictive performance in different regions (e.g., Indonesia, Vietnam) of Southeast Asia.

 

Title: Allometric equations for estimating tree aboveground biomass in tropical dipterocarp forests of Vietnam
Authors: Huy, B.
Poudel, K.P.
Kralicek, K., (…)
Phuong, V.T.
Temesgen, H.
Keywords: Aboveground biomass
Allometric equation
Dipterocarp forest
Genus
Southeast Asia
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Scopus
Abstract: There are few allometric equations available for dipterocarp forests, despite the fact that this forest type covers extensive areas in tropical Southeast Asia. This study aims to develop a set of equations to estimate tree aboveground biomass (AGB) in dipterocarp forests in Vietnam and to validate and compare their predictive performance with allometric equations used for dipterocarps in Indonesia and pantropical areas. Diameter at breast height (DBH), total tree height (H), and wood density (WD) were used as input variables of the nonlinear weighted least square models. Akaike information criterion (AIC) and residual plots were used to select the best models; while percent bias, root mean square percentage error, and mean absolute percent error were used to compare their performance to published models. For mixed-species, the best equation was AGB = 0.06203 × DBH2.26430 ×H0.51415 ×WD0.79456. When applied to a random independent validation dataset, the predicted values from the generic equations and the dipterocarp equations in Indonesia overestimated the AGB for different sites, indicating the need for region-specific equations. At the genus level, the selected equations were AGB = 0.03713 × DBH2.73813 and AGB = 0.07483 × DBH2.54496 for two genera, Dipterocarpus and Shorea, respectively, in Vietnam. Compared to the mixed-species equations, the genus-specific equations improved the accuracy of the AGB estimates. Additionally, the genus-specific equations showed no significant differences in predictive performance in different regions (e.g., Indonesia, Vietnam) of Southeast Asia.
Description: Forests Volume 7, Issue 8, 22 August 2016, Pages 1-19
URI: http://repository.vnu.edu.vn/handle/VNU_123/29561
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/7/8/180
ISSN: 19994907
Appears in Collections: Bài báo của ĐHQGHN trong Scopus

 

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