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The estimation of carbon budgets of frequently burnt tree stands in savannas of northern Australia, using allometric analysis and isotopic discrimination
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 17:30 authored by Cook, GD, Liedloff, AC, Eager, RW, Chen, X, Williams, RJ, Anthony O'GradyAnthony O'Grady, Hutley, LB
The stock, rates of sequestration and allocation of carbon were estimated for trees in 14 0.1-ha plots at Kapalga in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, using new allometric relationships of carbon stock to stem cross-sectional area and measured growth rates of trees. Carbon stocks of trees ranged from 12 to 58 t ha-1, with sequestration representing âˆ¼9% of the total stocks. More than half of the sequestered carbon is allocated to leaves and twigs and âˆ¼20% to wood. Only âˆ¼25% is retained in the live trees with leaf and twig fall accounting for 80-84% of the total transfers to the environment. An alternative method of calculating sequestration rates from consideration of water use and carbon-isotope discrimination data had a close to 1:1 match with estimates from allometric relationships. We developed and applied algorithms to predict the impacts of fire on carbon stocks of live trees. This showed that the reduction in live carbon stocks caused by single fires increased with increasing intensity, but the impact was highly dependent on the tree stand structure. Â© CSIRO 2005.
Publication titleAustralian Journal of Botany
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherC S I R O Publishing
Place of publicationAustralia