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Development of allometric relations for three mangrove species in South Florida for use in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem restoration

Thomas J. Smith III1,* and Kevin R.T. Whelan2,3

1U.S. Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center, 600 Fourth Street South, St. Petersburg, 33701 Florida, USA; 2U.S. Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center, c/o Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, OE Bldg - Rm 167, Miami, 33199 Florida, USA; 3South Florida/Caribbean Inventory and Monitoring Network Office, U.S. National Park Service, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 419, Palmetto Bay, 33157 Florida, USA; *Author for correspondence (e-mail: Tom_J_Smith@usgs.gov; phone: +727-803-8747; fax: +727-803-2030)

Received 2 June 2005; accepted in revised form 21 December 2005

Key words: Biogeographic comparison, Biomass, Diameter, Height, Power law, Restoration, Scaling relation

©Springer 2006. Posted here with permission from Springer; Wetlands Ecology and Management (2006) 14:409-419.


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Mathematical relations that use easily measured variables to predict difficult-to- measure variables are important to resource managers. In this paper we develop allometric relations to predict total aboveground biomass and individual components of biomass (e.g., leaves, stems, branches) for three species of mangroves for Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. The Greater Everglades Ecosystem is currently the subject of a 7.8-billion-dollar restoration program sponsored by federal, state, and local agencies. Biomass and production of mangroves are being used as a measure of restoration success. A technique for rapid determination of biomass over large areas is required. We felled 32 mangrove trees and separated each plant into leaves, stems, branches, and for Rhizophora mangle L., prop roots. Wet weights were measured in the field and subsamples returned to the laboratory for determination of wet-to-dry weight conversion factors. The diameter at breast height (DBH) and stem height were also measured. Allometric equations were developed for each species for total biomass and components of biomass. We compared our equations with those from the same, or similar, species from elsewhere in the world. Our equations explained >93% of the variance in total dry weight using DBH. DBH is a better predictor of dry weight than is stem height and DBH is much easier to measure. Furthermore, our results indicate that there are biogeographic differences in allometric relations between regions. For a given DBH, stems of all three species have less mass in Florida than stems from elsewhere in the world.

Abbreviations: DBH - diameter at breast height

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