Tropical Africa: Land use, biomass, and carbon estimates for 1980

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This document describes the contents of a digital database containing maximum potential aboveground biomass, land use, and estimated biomass and carbon data for 1980 and describes a methodology that may be used to extend this data set to 1990 and beyond based on population and land cover data. The biomass data and carbon estimates are for woody vegetation in Tropical Africa. These data were collected to reduce the uncertainty associated with the possible magnitude of historical releases of carbon from land use change. Tropical Africa is defined here as encompassing 22.7 x 10{sup 6} km{sup 2} of the earth`s land ... continued below

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Brown, S.; Gaston, G. & Daniels, R.C. June 1, 1996.

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  • Brown, S. Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, OR (United States). Western Ecology Division
  • Gaston, G. Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, OR (United States). National Research Council
  • Daniels, R.C. Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

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This document describes the contents of a digital database containing maximum potential aboveground biomass, land use, and estimated biomass and carbon data for 1980 and describes a methodology that may be used to extend this data set to 1990 and beyond based on population and land cover data. The biomass data and carbon estimates are for woody vegetation in Tropical Africa. These data were collected to reduce the uncertainty associated with the possible magnitude of historical releases of carbon from land use change. Tropical Africa is defined here as encompassing 22.7 x 10{sup 6} km{sup 2} of the earth`s land surface and includes those countries that for the most part are located in Tropical Africa. Countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and in southern Africa (i.e., Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Western Sahara) have maximum potential biomass and land cover information but do not have biomass or carbon estimate. The database was developed using the GRID module in the ARC/INFO{sup TM} geographic information system. Source data were obtained from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the U.S. National Geophysical Data Center, and a limited number of biomass-carbon density case studies. These data were used to derive the maximum potential and actual (ca. 1980) aboveground biomass-carbon values at regional and country levels. The land-use data provided were derived from a vegetation map originally produced for the FAO by the International Institute of Vegetation Mapping, Toulouse, France.

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  • Other: DE96013582
  • Report No.: ORNL/CDIAC--92
  • Report No.: NDP--055
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • DOI: 10.2172/269039 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 269039
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc665950

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Brown, S.; Gaston, G. & Daniels, R.C. Tropical Africa: Land use, biomass, and carbon estimates for 1980, report, June 1, 1996; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc665950/: accessed July 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.