Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.15, Issue 03, 2009; Page No.(503-508)

ASSESSMENT OF CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN TREES OF JNANABHARATHI CAMPUS-BANGALORE UNIVERSITY

N. Nandini, Kumar M. and Sucharita Tandon

Abstract

In response to growing concern on global climate change, carbon management in vegetation is inevitable in order to offset the carbon emission in the atmosphere. Trees acts as a sink for the carbon dioxide to mitigate the global climate change. In developing countries like India, due to various need based forest management practices, cultivation, forest fire etc, these has been a continuous loss of original biodiversitv. These degradations led to a loss of sequestered carbon of standing biomass. With this back ground, carbon sequestration study is taken in Jnanabharathi campus, Bangalore University. The present study area has a total land of about 449.74 ha with rich vegetation sector and the total amount of both above ground carbon (AGC) and below ground carbon (BGC) was estimated on an average of 54.799 t/ha. The total amount of carbon dioxide assimilated into the trees in terms of both above ground and below ground biomass was estimated an average of 200.931 t/ ha. In order to increase the carbon sinks it is necessary to carry out the afforestation and has to protect from the anthropogenic activities.

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