(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Spatial structures of soil organic carbon in tropical forests. A case study of Southeastern Tanzania

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ROSSI J. (1) ; GOVAERTS A. (2) ; DE VOS B. (5) ; VERBIST B. (1) ; VERVOORT A. (2) ; POESEN J. (3) ; MUYS B. (4) ; DECKERS J. (1) ;
(1) Div. Soil and Water Management, Dep. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Leuven, BELGIQUE
(2) Natural Resources Section, Dep. of Civil engineering, Leuven, BELGIQUE
(3) Physical and Regional Geography Research Group, Dep. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Leuven, BELGIQUE
(4) Div. Forest, Nature and Landscape Research, Dep. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Leuven, BELGIQUE
(5) Research Inst. for Nature and Forest, Geraardsbergen, BELGIQUE


The aim of this study is to contribute to a better knowledge of the spatial distribution of soil C in tropical natural and plantation forest. This paper presents sampling strategies for estimating mean soil organic carbon (SOC) values as well as for SOC mapping, based on different methods for SOC determination and on different precision levels. To do so they conducted a carbon variability study in 5 common forest types of Southeastern Tanzania (coastal dry forest, Miombo woodland, teak plantation, pine plantation and cashew plantation) using conventional statistical methods as well as geostatistics. The results prove that the optimal sampling scheme varies strongly as a result of the different spatial behavior of SOC in forests and depends on the required precision and research question. Only when the right strategy is followed, high standards of precision can be met without economic loss or risk of statistical misinterpretation


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 77, no1 [pp. 19-27]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 6 fig., 5 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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