Quantifying carbon in Savannas: The role of active sensors in measurements of tree structure and biomass

Richard M. Lucas, Alex C. Lee, John Armston, Joao M.B. Carreiras, Karin M. Viergever, Peter Bunting, Daniel Clewley, Mahta Moghaddam, Paul Siqueira, Iain Woodhouse

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

Savannas occupy approximately 20% (depending on definition) of the global land surface and occur largely in the tropics and subtropics. Most occupy seasonal environments where average monthly temperatures exceed 18°C and annual precipitation is relative low (<600 mm) and seasonal. Savannas are structurally diverse ecosystems in terms of the varying proportions, spatial distributions and architectures of tree, shrub, and grass cover. Where Savannas are wooded, tree density varies primarily with mean annual rainfall; and these ecosystems merge with closed canopy forest and semidesert in moister and drier regions, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcosystem Function in Savannas
Subtitle of host publicationMeasurement and Modeling at Landscape to Global Scales
PublisherCRC Press
Pages155-174
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781439804711
ISBN (Print)9781439804704
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Quantifying carbon in Savannas: The role of active sensors in measurements of tree structure and biomass'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this