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Carbon stock in Kolli forests, Eastern Ghats (India) with emphasis on aboveground biomass, litter, woody debris and soils

R Mohanraj   , J Saravanan, S Dhanakumar

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 61-65 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0568-004
Published: Apr 05, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: IUFRO RG 7.01 2010 - Antalya (Turkey)
Adaptation of Forest Ecosystems to Air Pollution and Climate Change
Guest Editors: Elena Paoletti, Yusuf Serengil


The efficacy of tropical forest sinks in India continues to diminish in spite of several conservation efforts carried out at both governmental and non-governmental level. Lack of proper periodical and complete spatial inventory of carbon stock in India is a disturbing aspect at this aim. Carbon stock assessments are available only for few patches of Western Ghats of India, while assessment is almost negligible for Eastern Ghats. This paper focuses on estimation of existing carbon stock in the above ground biomass, litter, debris and soils (up to 30 cm) of different forest types of Kolli forest, located in Eastern Ghats of Tamilnadu, India (78°20’ to 78°30’E Long and 11°10’ to 11°30’ N Lat), within an area of 503 km2. Floristic diversity of Kolli hills is rich of endemisms and includes about 150 tree species. To estimate the carbon stock, about 26 quadrates of 25 X 25 m size were established. The organic carbon content of forest soil varied from 1.71 to 12.59%. The total carbon stock of soil, surface litter, coarse wood debris and total above ground biomass were estimated as 5.54, 0.034, 0.001 and 4.49 Tg C, respectively.

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Above ground biomass, Carbon stock, Eastern Ghats India, Soil carbon, Tropical forest

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R Mohanraj
J Saravanan
S Dhanakumar
Department of Environmental Management, Bharathidasan University Tiruchirappalli, IND-620024 (India)

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R Mohanraj
mohan.bdu@gmail.com

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Mohanraj R, Saravanan J, Dhanakumar S (2011). Carbon stock in Kolli forests, Eastern Ghats (India) with emphasis on aboveground biomass, litter, woody debris and soils. iForest 4: 61-65. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0568-004

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Received: Jun 11, 2010
Accepted: Jan 21, 2011

First online: Apr 05, 2011
Publication Date: Apr 05, 2011
Publication Time: 2.47 months

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