20 May 2021

20 May 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

A biomass equation dataset for common shrub species in China

Yang Wang1, Wenting Xu1, Zhiyao Tang2, and Zongqiang Xie1,3 Yang Wang et al.
  • 1State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100093, China
  • 2Department of Ecology, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences and Key Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes, Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China
  • 3College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China

Abstract. Shrub biomass equations provide an accurate, efficient and convenient method in estimating biomass of shrubland ecosystems and biomass of the shrub layer in forest ecosystems at various spatial and temporal scales. In recent decades, many shrub biomass equations have been reported mainly in journals, books and postgraduate's dissertations. However, these biomass equations are applicable for limited shrub species with respect to a large number of shrub species widely distributed in China, which severely restricted the study of terrestrial ecosystem structure and function, such as biomass, production, and carbon budge. Therefore, we firstly carried out a critical review of published literature (from 1982 to 2019) on shrub biomass equations in China, and then developed biomass equations for the dominant shrub species using a unified method based on field measurements of 738 sites in shrubland ecosystems across China. Finally, we constructed the first comprehensive biomass equation dataset for China’s common shrub species. This dataset consists of 822 biomass equations specific to 167 shrub species and has significant representativeness to the geographical, climatic and shrubland vegetation features across China. The dataset is freely available at for noncommercial scientific applications, and this dataset fills a significant gap in woody biomass equations and provides key parameters for biomass estimation in studies on terrestrial ecosystem structure and function.

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A dataset consists of 822 biomass equations specific to 167 shrub species in China was developed based on field measurement and literature review. The equations featured excellent goodness-of-fit (mean value of R2 and Fitness Index are larger than 0.8) and prediction precision (mean value of slope, R2 and Relative Error of the simple linear regression between predicted and measured data are 0.96, 0.85 and −4.1%). The dataset provides key parameters for terrestrial ecosystem biomass estimation.