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Biomass and carbon stock estimation along different altitudinal gradients in tropical forest of Gunung Basor, Kelantan, Malaysia

N. FAUZI, K. HAMBALI, S. A. NAWAWI, I. BUSU, S. K. YEW

Abstract


This study was conducted in permanent forest reserve of Gunung Basor, Jeli, Kelantan to estimate the biomass and carbon storage under different altitudinal gradients. Fifty sample subplots as a basis for biomass density calculations were established of 10m x 10m and systematically stratified along the altitudinal gradients. The lower altitude (544m asl) was estimated with highest value of biomass (490.88 t ha-1) followed by the middle altitude (816m asl) with 201.95 t ha-1 and the higher altitude (1010m asl) with
4.26 t ha-1. The carbon stock for the lower altitude was estimated at 245.45 t ha-1 followed by middle altitude at 100.98 t ha-1 and higher altitude at 2.14 t ha-1. Overall, the biomass and carbon stock in this study showed significant variations along altitudinal gradients.

Keywords


biomass, carbon stock, altitude

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