Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2017)
Carbon storage by trees in urban parks: A case study of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Author(s): Rajni Devi
Abstract: With the increasing concern about the climate change and global warming, there is need of sources which can help in mitigating the increasing effect of green house gases. Urban trees can play an important role in this by carbon storage and sequestration. Keeping in view the importance of urban green spaces, the present study was conducted in 35 urban parks of Jammu city, J&K, with the objectives to estimate the above ground biomass and carbon in trees of urban parks of Jammu city. For the purpose of study i.e. tree diversity in urban parks, sample plots of 20 m × 20 m size were laid to collect information. The estimation of above ground biomass and carbon was carried out by adopting standard methodology developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India. The results of the study show that the total area under various parks studied was found to be 35.91 ha. The results of the growing stock of trees growing in the parks studied show that the total volume of the trees growing in the parks was found to be 80360.11m3 and the total above ground biomass was found to be 64020.50 t which comes to 1782.80 t / ha. Total above ground carbon stored in the trees of these park is 39112.50 t (1089.18 t / ha).