Evaluation of methods to estimate foliage density in the understorey of a tropical evergreen forest

Jain, Manjari and Kuriakose, Giby and Balakrishnan, Rohini (2010) Evaluation of methods to estimate foliage density in the understorey of a tropical evergreen forest. Current Science, 98 (4). pp. 508-515.

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Abstract

Foliage density and leaf area index are important vegetation structure variables. They can be measured by several methods but few have been tested in tropical forests which have high structural heterogeneity.In this study, foliage density estimates by two indirect methods, the point quadrat and photographic methods,were compared with those obtained by direct leaf counts in the understorey of a wet evergreen forest in southern India. The point quadrat method has a tendency to overestimate, whereas the photographic method consistently and significantly underestimates foliage density. There was stratification within the understorey, with areas close to the ground having higher foliage densities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article copyright belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forest structure, foliage density, leaf area index, point quadrat, Western Ghats.
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > G Journal Papers
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Journal Papers
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 06:37
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 06:37
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/80

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