Litter and Deadwood Biomass

Biomass in litter and deadwood contributes only a small fraction, usually less than 10%, of the total carbon stock of forests and plantations. The frequency of estimating these pools depends on whether the two pools are left undisturbed (as in forests and plantations) or removed periodically as part of cultural operations or for fuel-wood purpose. If woody litter or deadwood is removed, it is suggested that it be weighed whenever it is removed: if left undisturbed, the stock could be estimated every three to five years. Carbon mitigation projects may require estimation of carbon stocks in these pools at two points in time to calculate changes in the stock. If so, the frequency could be the same as that for estimating above-ground biomass since the additional effort required is marginal. For non-tree-based projects such as grassland development or land reclamation, these two pools need not be measured at all; even for agroforestry and shelterbelt projects involving tree planting, the incremental stock change in these two pools is likely to be too insignificant to merit measurements.

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