Estimating fuel biomass of some shrub species (maquis) in Turkey

Saglam B., Kucuk O., BİLGİLİ E., Durmaz B. D., BAYSAL I.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY, vol.32, no.4, pp.349-356, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/tar-0801-12
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-356
  • Keywords: fuel biomass, regression equations, shrubland, maquis, Turkey, FIRE BEHAVIOR, SPREAD
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Regression equations were developed to estimate shrub fuel biomass of a maquis formation in western Turkey. The relationships between some shrub characteristics and live, dead, available (for consumption), and total fuel biomass were determined by simple/multiple linear regression. Measured biomass values for live, available, and total fuels varied from 0.70 to 6.74 kg m(-2), from 0.78 to 3.03 kg m(-2), and from 1.06 to 7.72 kg m(-2), respectively. The results obtained indicated that shrub fuel biomass could be satisfactorily predicted using the regression equations generated. The resulting equations were able to account for 60% to 89% of the observed variation (P < 0.05) in the fuel biomass categories studied. The results of this study should be invaluable in many forestry disciplines, including ecology, protection, and management.