Remote sensing assessment of carbon storage by urban forest

K. D. Kanniah, Norhamidi Muhamad, C. S. Kang

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Abstract

Urban forests play a crucial role in mitigating global warming by absorbing excessive CO2 emissions due to transportation, industry and house hold activities in the urban environment. In this study we have assessed the role of trees in an urban forest, (Mutiara Rini) located within the Iskandar Development region in south Johor, Malaysia. We first estimated the above ground biomass/carbon stock of the trees using allometric equations and biometric data (diameter at breast height of trees) collected in the field. We used remotely sensed vegetation indices (VI) to develop an empirical relationship between VI and carbon stock. We used five different VIs derived from a very high resolution World View-2 satellite data. Results show that model by [1] and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index are correlated well (R2 = 0.72) via a power model. We applied the model to the entire study area to obtain carbon stock of urban forest. The average carbon stock in the urban forest (mostly consisting of Dipterocarp species) is ∼70 t C ha-1. Results of this study can be used by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority to better manage vegetation in the urban environment to establish a low carbon city in this region.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
Volume18
Edition1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event8th International Symposium of the Digital Earth, ISDE 2014 - Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Duration: 26 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

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Other8th International Symposium of the Digital Earth, ISDE 2014
CountryMalaysia
CityKuching, Sarawak
Period26/8/1329/8/13

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carbon sequestration
remote sensing
carbon
vegetation index
biometry
aboveground biomass
regional development
NDVI
satellite data
global warming
vegetation
industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Kanniah, K. D., Muhamad, N., & Kang, C. S. (2014). Remote sensing assessment of carbon storage by urban forest. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (1 ed., Vol. 18). [012151] Institute of Physics Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/18/1/012151

Remote sensing assessment of carbon storage by urban forest. / Kanniah, K. D.; Muhamad, Norhamidi; Kang, C. S.

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. Vol. 18 1. ed. Institute of Physics Publishing, 2014. 012151.

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Kanniah, KD, Muhamad, N & Kang, CS 2014, Remote sensing assessment of carbon storage by urban forest. in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 1 edn, vol. 18, 012151, Institute of Physics Publishing, 8th International Symposium of the Digital Earth, ISDE 2014, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 26/8/13. https://doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/18/1/012151
Kanniah KD, Muhamad N, Kang CS. Remote sensing assessment of carbon storage by urban forest. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 1 ed. Vol. 18. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2014. 012151 https://doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/18/1/012151
Kanniah, K. D. ; Muhamad, Norhamidi ; Kang, C. S. / Remote sensing assessment of carbon storage by urban forest. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. Vol. 18 1. ed. Institute of Physics Publishing, 2014.
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