Carbon storage of pure and mixed pine-deciduous oak forests in Gwangneung, Central Korea

Sue Kyoung Lee, Yowhan Son, Nam Jin Noh, Tae Kyung Yoon, Ah Reum Lee, Kyung Won Seo, Jaehong Hwang, Sang Won Bae

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Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the carbon (C) contents in different mixed stands of P. densiflora and deciduous oak species in Gwangneung, central Korea. Five mixed stands with different ratios of P. densiflora and deciduous oak species were chosen based on the basal area of all trees ≥ 5cm DBH: pure P. densiflora (P100D0), 70% P. densiflora + 30% deciduous oak species (P70D30), 44% P. densiflora + 56% deciduous oak species (P50D50), 37% P. densiflora + 63% deciduous oak species (P40D60), and 10% P. densiflora + 90% deciduous oak species (P10D90). Total C contents in the overstory (aboveground and belowground) vegetation were higher in the mixed stands (P70D30, P50D50, P40D60) than in the pure stands (P100D0, P10D90). Moreover, except for P40D60, C contents of forest floor (litter and coarse woody debris) were larger in the mixed stands (P70D30, P50D50) than in the pure stands. However, total soil C contents up to 30cm depth were highest in the pure deciduous oak stand than in the pure P. densiflora stand and mixed stands. Total ecosystem C contents (Mg/ha) were 163.3 for P100D0, 152.3 for P70D30, 188.8 for P50D50, 160.2 for P40D60, and 150.4 for P10D90, respectively. These differences in total ecosystem C contents among the different mixed stands for P. densiflora and deciduous oak species within the study stands were attributed by the differences in vegetation development and forest management practices. Among the five study stands, the total ecosystem C contents were maximized in the 1:1 mixed ratio of P. densiflora and deciduous oak species (P50D50).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-247
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Ecology and Field Biology
Volume32
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Carbon storage
  • Coarse woody debris
  • Litter
  • Pinus densiflora
  • Quercus species
  • Soil
  • Vegetation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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    Lee, S. K., Son, Y., Noh, N. J., Yoon, T. K., Lee, A. R., Seo, K. W., Hwang, J., & Bae, S. W. (2009). Carbon storage of pure and mixed pine-deciduous oak forests in Gwangneung, Central Korea. Journal of Ecology and Field Biology, 32(4), 237-247.