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IJESD 2013 Vol.4(6): 676-680 ISSN: 2010-0264
DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2013.V4.437

Potential Energy Resources from Dipterocarp Leaf Litter and the Potential in Air Pollution Reduction in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand

N. Phobdhamjarenjai, S. Chairuangsri, B. Ratanasthien, and S. Chantara
Abstract—Dense clouds of smoke hang in the air over the Mae Hong Son province caused by intense forest fires is a significant source of air pollution which is the most hazardous to environment and public health, particularly during November to April each year. This study is aimed to exploit the energy potential of leaf litter from various plants in dipterocarp forest of Mae Hong Son Province. Five tree species with high IVI show the energy potential as follows: Shorea obtusa 4,950 Kcal/Kg, Dipterocarpus tuberculatus 4,679Kcal/Kg, Shorea siamensis 4690 Kcal/Kg, Dipterocarpus obtusifolius 4674 Kcal/Kg and Quercus kerrii 5137 Kcal/Kg. During the fire season there is an average of 449.58 tons of leaf litter per Rai (1600 m2).We can collect these leaves and turn them into fuel which means reducing the percentage of air pollution and the amount of firewood the inhabitants gather for their use up to 86,400 tons per year.

Index Terms—Air Pollution, dipterocarp leaf, enegy resource, Mae Hong Son.

The authors are with Environmental Sciences,Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand (e-mail: thoongsap@hotmail.com; s.suwann@gmail.com; benjavunr@gmail.com; somporn.chantara@gmail.com).

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Cite:N. Phobdhamjarenjai, S. Chairuangsri, B. Ratanasthien, and S. Chantara, "Potential Energy Resources from Dipterocarp Leaf Litter and the Potential in Air Pollution Reduction in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 676-680, 2013.

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