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Title: Estimation and mapping of carbon stocks in Bosomkese Forest Reserve
Authors: Donkor, Emmanuel
Osei Jnr., Edward Matthew
Prah, Benjamin E. K.
Amoah, Adwoa Sarpong
Akubu, Mohammed
Keywords: Carbon Stocks
Bosomkese Forest Reserve
Biomass Estimation
Climate Change
Above Ground Carbon
Below Ground Carbon
Deadwood Carbon
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: International Journal of Remote Sensing Applications (IJRSA)
Citation: International Journal of Remote Sensing Applications (IJRSA) Volume 6, 2016
Abstract: Biomass estimation has become a critical element in global environmental studies, because the change in biomass is deemed as an important component of climate change. The aim of this research is to estimate and map carbon stocks in Bosomkese forest reserve using remote sensing, GIS applications and field measurement method. Out of the six carbon pools of terrestrial ecosystem involving biomass (aboveground biomass, belowground biomass, deadwood, non tree, litter and soil organic matter), carbon sequestration of three (aboveground, belowground and deadwood) were assessed. Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) image acquired in 2010 was classified using Erdas Imagine. Total of five land use/cover classes were identified; Closed canopy natural forest, open canopy natural forest, plantation, farmland and fallow land. Diameter at breast height and total height of standing trees as well as the end diameters and the length of downed deadwood were measured in fifty sample plots in the five land use classes. These measurements were converted into aboveground carbon (AGC), belowground carbon (BGC) and deadwood carbon (DWC) using allometric equations developed in 2012 by Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG). Total carbon for each plot was the summation of AGC, BGC and DWC. This research showed that closed canopy natural forest (1748.37 ton/Ha) contained more carbon than the rest of the land use/cover classes. This was followed by open canopy natural forest (1164.12 ton/Ha), plantation (775 ton/Ha), fallow land (110.69 ton/Ha) and farmland (45.13 ton/Ha) in descending order of total carbon stocks. The carbon/carbon dioxide equivalent values together with the plots coordinates were used to generate carbon stock and carbon dioxide equivalent map using Geostatistics tool of ArcGIS 10.0. The total carbon stock for the whole Bosomkese forest is in the range of 2,236,938.90 – 2,865,148.33 tons and carbon dioxide equivalent in the range of 8,534,225.45 – 10,507,952.05 tons. Keywords Carbon Stocks; Bosomkese Forest Reserve; Biomass Estimation; Climate Change; Above Ground Carbon; Below Ground Carbon; Deadwood Carbon
Description: An article published by International Journal of Remote Sensing Applications (IJRSA) Volume 6, 2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10587
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