Data for developing allometric models and evaluating carbon stocks of the Zambezi Teak Forests in Zambia

Justine Ngoma*, Eddy Moors, Bart Kruijt, James H. Speer, Royd Vinya, Emmanuel N. Chidumayo, Rik Leemans

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This paper presents data on carbon stocks of tropical tree species along a rainfall gradient. The data was generated from the Sesheke, Namwala, and Kabompo sites in Zambia. Though above-ground data was generated for all these three sites, we uprooted trees to determine below-ground biomass from the Sesheke site only. The vegetation was assessed in all three sites. The data includes tree diameter at breast height (DBH), total tree height, wood density, wood dry weight and root dry weight for large (≥ 5 cm DBH) and small (< 5 cm DBH) trees. We further presented Root-to-Shoot Ratios of uprooted trees. Data on the importance-value indices of various species for large and small trees are also determined. Below and above-ground carbon stocks of the surveyed tree species are presented per site. This data were used by Ngoma et al. (2018) [1] to develop above and below-ground biomass models and the reader is referred to this study for additional information, interpretation, and reflection on applying this data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1373
Number of pages13
JournalData in brief
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


We would like to thank the Copperbelt University , The HEART Project of the NUFFIC-NICHE Programme , The International Foundation for Science (IFS) (Grant no. D/5466-1 ) and the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future for funding this research. We are also thankful to the Forestry Department in Zambia for allowing us to sample and assess vegetation in the Zambian forest reserves. We further thank the staff members of the Forestry Department for their assistance. We highly appreciate all work done by the research assistants and some Sesheke, Namwala, and Kabompo community members to cut, uproot, and weigh the trees and to conduct vegetation assessments. The management and laboratory technicians at the Zambian Division of Forestry Research in Kitwe are greatly thanked for allowing us to use the facilities and assisting us in the analyses. Mr. Felix Chileshe at Copperbelt University and Mr. Jan van Walsen at Wageningen University and Research provided guidance in the laboratories at the respective institutions. We appreciate their support. Our work would have been impossible without Mr. Andrew Kamwi and Mr. Gershom Ndumba, who provided practical information on the study sites and how to get there. Transparency document

FundersFunder number
Schlumberger Foundation
International Foundation for Science
International Foundation for ScienceD/5466-1, IFS
Copperbelt University


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