Allometric relationships for volume and biomass for stone pine (Pinus pinea L.) in Italian coastal stands

Andrea Cutini, Francesco Chianucci, Chiara Manetti Maria
2013 iForest : Biogeosciences and Forestry  
Tree biomass plays a key role in sustainable forest management and in determining forest carbon stocks. Accurate estimates based on species-specific empirical data are necessary for regional and national inventories and forest carbon management. In this study, we obtained allometric relationships for volume and aboveground biomass for stone pine (Pinus pinea) based on empirical data collected in four coastal stands in Italy. Root sampling was also performed. The results enabled generalized
more » ... ions for volume and aboveground biomass to be developed. However, an analysis also showed several differences in biomass allocation in stone pine resulting from different stand characteristics, emphasizing the importance of stand-dependent factors for adjusting regional or national biomass calculations. Biomass expansion factors were also provided. This study provides tools to help forest managers in quantifying volume and biomass, thereby contributing to the accurate estimation of carbon sequestration and stocks in stone pine stands in Italy.
doi:10.3832/ifor0941-006 fatcat:qyebwvzsmncmrhepl25edicdiy