a1 Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
a2 Laboratory of Forest Ecology, Faculty of Applied Biological Science, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan 501-1193
a3 Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Bangkok, Thailand
The distribution of mangrove forests is limited to the coastal zones of tropical and subtropical regions, and their total area is far smaller than that of upland forests (Spalding et al. 2010). Mangrove forests often show unique patterns of biomass allocation and carbon dynamics because they are periodically submerged by tides (Komiyama et al. 2008). Therefore, the contribution of mangrove forests to the global carbon fixation process should be carefully evaluated even though their distribution area is limited.
(Accepted February 06 2012)