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Carbon stocks and sequestration potential of Indian Mangroves

Suresh, HS and Bhat, DM and Ravindranath, NH and Sukumar, R (2017) Carbon stocks and sequestration potential of Indian Mangroves. In: TROPICAL ECOLOGY, 58 (3). pp. 547-553.

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Mangrove forest patches and plantations with known age of plantation along both western and eastern coast of India were sampled for estimation of standing biomass and C stocks. A sample plot of 0.1 ha (1000 m(2)) was laid in each patch depending on the contour of the patch. All woody stems > 1 cm dbh were identified, measured for size and heights were estimated qualitatively. Standard vegetation parameters were estimated. Biomass was calculated using allometric equations based on diameter. Rhizophora mucronata was the most abundant species with 26.1% of total abundance. Mean biomass was 69.3 +/- 49.7 t ha(-1) (range 4.85-232.8) with wide variation. Mean AGB along the west coast was 72.6 +/- 53.3 and along the east coast was 56.7 +/- 30.5. They are not significantly different. The estimated biomass of Indian mangroves was found to be 41.2 million tons which is about 0.46% of total biomass of the Indian forests. Importance of mangrove forest along with carbon sequestration and other ecological services is discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INT SOC TROPICAL ECOLOGY, DEPT BOTANY BENERAS HINDU UNIV, VARANASI 221 005, INDIA
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 15:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/58895

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