Improving estimation of woody aboveground biomass in drylands by accounting for disturbances and spatial heterogeneity

Liana Kindermann, Magnus Dobler, Daniela Niedeggen & Anja Linst├Ądter
Existing methodologies for estimating woody aboveground biomass and carbon stored therein have been developed for forests but are not tailored to the vast dryland ecosystems where vegetation is heterogenous and highly disturbed. Still, those methods are widely applied with questionable results and possible problematic implications, not only for biomass quantification but also for disturbance ecology, biodiversity research, and ecosystem service assessments. We hereby propose a new methodology especially designed to encompass small, disturbed, and irregular...

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