Journal of Oil Palm Research Vol. 29  March 2017 p.  1-10
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A REVIEW OF MODELS FOR ASSESSING CARBON STOCKS AND CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN OIL PALM PLANTATIONS

Author(s): IAN E HENSON*

Reli­able esti­mates of the car­bon present in stands of oil palm, both in the palms them­selves and in other bio­mass com­po­nents of oil palm plan­ta­tions, are cru­cial for assess­ing the net green­house gas (GHG) bal­ance and car­bon foot­print of palm oil pro­duc­tion. Car­bon sequestered dur­ing the growth of the oil palm crop gen­er­ally rep­re­sents the largest item of the oil palm GHG bud­get, being sec­ond in mag­ni­tude only to land use change (LUC) or, for crops grown on peat soil, to micro­bial peat oxi­da­tion. In this arti­cle, alter­na­tive mod­els avail­able for assess­ing car­bon stocks and car­bon seques­tra­tion in oil palm plan­ta­tions are exam­ined tak­ing into account fac­tors such as palm age, plant­ing den­sity and soil type. Both lin­ear and non-linear mod­els are dis­cussed and the crop and plan­ta­tion com­po­nents con­tribut­ing to them are reviewed, as is the method­ol­ogy used, which may involve destruc­tive or non-destructive tech­niques, or a com­bi­na­tion of both. Guid­ance is given for select­ing the most appro­pri­ate model.

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* Malaysian Palm Oil Board, 6 Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. E-mail:


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