Dataset for The Aboveground Biomass and Vegetative Carbon Dioxide Stocks of Bambusa vulgaris in Ghana’s Bobiri Forest
The dataset attached was produced and analysed in the undertaking of the study “Aboveground Biomass and Vegetative Carbon Dioxide Sequestration of Bambusa vulgaris in Ghana’s Bobiri Forest”. The study aimed to estimate the vegetative carbon stock of B. vulgaris, the most widespread bamboo species in Ghana, by determining the aboveground biomass and the carbon stocks in the vegetative carbon pools (aboveground, belowground, coarse woody (dead bamboo), and litter. The study was conducted in the Bobiri Forest Reserve. Compartment information has been presented in the compartment tab in the data file attached. The dataset comprises raw and processed data from the three carbon pools measured i.e. aboveground biomass, coarse woody debris, and litter pool. The aboveground biomass was measured for n = 2,114 and the parameters were the clump dimensions (length and breadth), number of culms per clump, age of each culm per clump, diameter at breast height, and the stand area. Sampled culms were analysed for density and carbon content. The aboveground biomass was estimated for each culm using the allometric equation AGB=0.3432(ρ×DBH^2 )^1.1285 . Coarse woody debris was measured in the field by establishing a 100X1 m transect in each compartment. Measurements were made for n = 311 dead culms to find their volume, mass, density, and carbon content. Litter measurements were also done by collecting litter in quadrants from five positions within sample plots. Litter samples were analysed in the laboratory for dry weight and carbon content. The carbon stocks in the various carbon pools were estimated by finding the product between the carbon content and the biomass measured. Vegetative carbon stock was then calculated by adding the carbon stock in the aboveground, belowground, coarse woody, and litter. This study did not employ a destructive approach or use an allometric model to estimate the belowground biomass of bamboo culms. Therefore, an existing root-shoot ratio of 0.2 was used to predict the belowground biomass from the estimated aboveground biomass.