A tree biomass and carbon estimation system

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  • Authors: Schultz, Emily B.; Matney, Thomas G.; Grebner, Donald L.
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
  • Source: In: Guldin, James M., ed. 2013. Proceedings of the 15th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-GTR-175. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 317-324.

Abstract

Appropriate forest management decisions for the developing woody biofuel and carbon credit markets require inventory and growth-and-yield systems reporting component tree dry weight biomass estimates. We have developed an integrated growth-and-yield and biomass/carbon calculator. The objective was to provide Mississippi’s State inventory system with bioenergy economic development tools and forest landowners trying to qualify for carbon credit programs with carbon estimates. Biomass equations were collected from many sources in the literature and organized into a uniform software system that provides estimates of volume/biomass/carbon of branches, foliage, and bole. Users may select biomass components for 347 species/region combinations and obtain information on (1) tree profiles, (2) biomass/carbon tables, and (3) model forms and coefficients. Bole biomass and volume can be obtained to any top diameter limit. Pine (Pinus spp.) plantation and hardwood stand case studies demonstrate biomass and carbon estimation and pine projections. Alternative financial analyses generated by the growth-and-yield system provide information on which forest landowners may base management decisions for the biofuel and carbon markets if they provide current local stumpage prices.

  • Citation: Schultz, Emily B.; Matney, Thomas G.; Grebner, Donald L. 2013. A tree biomass and carbon estimation system. In: Guldin, James M., ed. 2013. Proceedings of the 15th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-GTR-175. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 317-324.
  • Posted Date: June 10, 2013
  • Modified Date: August 2, 2013
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