The estimation of tree community biomass is important for the development and implementation of policies and programs designed to mitigate the effects of global climate change, such as the UN’s REDD+. However, there has been a lack of knowledge on the availability and appropriateness of allometric equations for estimating tree biomass in SE Asia.
A collaborative effort between Jiaqi Yuen and Alan Ziegler (Department of Geography at NUS) and Tak Fung addressed the key knowledge gap identified in a review of allometric equations for 12 major land covers in SE Asia, recently published in Forest Ecology and Management. The review provides a comprehensive overview of the equations available for 13 countries in SE Asia and discusses in detail the uncertainties associated with their use.
Yuen, J.Q., Fung, T. & Ziegler, A.D. (2016). Review of allometric equations for major land covers in SE Asia: Uncertainty and implications for above- and below-ground carbon estimates. Forest Ecology and Management, 360, 323-340.
Peat swamp forest in Kalimantan (source: Wikimedia Commons)