Supplementary Methods Adapted to Determine Standing Woody Plants Height and Biomass in Ph. D. Geography Research

Edwin Nyaku Gandapa


Vegetation structures such as density, height and biomass are important in protection of the earth’s surface. The study was embarked upon to determine the woody plant height, girth and crowdiness in order to estimate the Total Above Ground Biomass of community of woody plant stands. The materials and methods used in the study are clinometers, measuring tape, plastic netting ropes and pegs to construct the sample quadrats. To measure the woody plants height using a clinometer there were challenges encountered due to insignificant space for the base line and line of sight.  The scope covered Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Nigeria to generate empirical data on woody plant heights, girths and crowdiness with a focus to determine the total above ground biomass of community of woody plant stands. The results come up with the empirical methods on how to determine a tree height in a crowded community of vegetation and how to estimate the total above ground biomass of a single and community of woody plant stands. The supplementary methods should be further researched to come up with empirical method on how to determine precise tree height and biomass. The physical measurements should be adopted to generate precise data on woody plant stands such as height, girth, crowdiness and biomass.

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