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Title: Above ground biomass estimation in Mediterranean multiple use systems with high spatial resolution satellite images
Authors: Gonçalves, Ana Cristina
Sousa, Adélia M.O.
Mesquita, Paulo
Keywords: allometric functions
Quercus rotundifolia
Quercus suber
Pinus pinea
dummy variables
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Citation: Gonçalves A.C., Sousa M.O.A., Mesquita P.G. (2016). Above ground biomass estimation in Mediterranean multiple use systems with high spatial resolution satellite images. Congresso Mundial sobre Sistemas Silvo-Pastoris/World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems, Évora, Portugal 27 - 30 setembro de 2016.
Abstract: Forest biomass has been having an increasing importance in the world economy and in the evaluation of the forests development and monitoring. It was identified as a global strategic reserve, due to its applications in bioenergy, bioproduct development and issues related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The estimation of above ground biomass is frequently done with allometric functions per species with plot inventory data. An adequate sampling design and intensity for an error threshold is required. The estimation per unit area is done using an extrapolation method. This procedure is labour demanding and costly. The mail goal of this study is the development of allometric functions for the estimation of above ground biomass with ground cover as independent variable, for forest areas of holm aok (Quercus rotundifolia), cork oak (Quercus suber) and umbrella pine (Pinus pinea) in multiple use systems. Ground cover per species was derived from crown horizontal projection obtained by processing high resolution satellite images, orthorectified, geometrically and atmospheric corrected, with multi-resolution segmentation method and object oriented classification. Forest inventory data were used to estimate plot above ground biomass with published allometric functions at tree level. The developed functions were fitted for monospecies stands and for multispecies stands of Quercus rotundifolia and Quercus suber, and Quercus suber and Pinus pinea. The stand composition was considered adding dummy variables to distinguish monospecies from multispecies stands. The models showed a good performance. Noteworthy is that the dummy variables, reflecting the differences between species, originated improvements in the models. Significant differences were found for above ground biomass estimation with the functions with and without the dummy variables. An error threshold of 10% corresponds to stand areas of about 40 ha. This method enables the overall area evaluation, not requiring extrapolation procedures, for the three species, which occur frequently in multispecies stands.
Type: lecture
Appears in Collections:MED - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais
ERU - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais

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