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3D-modelling of buttress region and roots gives allometric carbon formulae

Typical large trees with large epiphytes and roots— their 3D-models used for allometric equations for primary forests.

The largest uncertainty in humans’ contribution to climate change from land use is the fate of carbon that was belowground in pre-modified forests. In a recent study published in AoB PLANTS, Dean et al. produced high-resolution 3D-models of the rarely measured zone near the base of large, mature trees by using photogrammetry. The models led to equations linking the easy-to-measure trunk diameter and ground slope to attributes such as tree buttress shape, humus mound, wood and hollow area, and root volume. The equations can be used for carbon accounting. The 3D-models are irreplaceable, being for increasingly rare, large trees, and may be useful to other scientific endeavours.


AoB PLANTS is an open-access, online journal that publishes peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of environmental and evolutionary biology. Published by Oxford University Press, AoB PLANTS provides a fast-track pathway for publishing high-quality research, where papers are available online to anyone, anywhere free of charge. Reasons to publish in AoB PLANTS include double-blind peer review of manuscripts, rapid processing time and low open-access charges.

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