Effects of the geomorphometric characteristics of the local terrain on floristic composition in the central Brazilian Amazon

Authors

  • POLYANNA DA CONCEIÇÃO BISPO,

    1. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, INPE, Divisão de Sensoriamento Remoto, Av dos Astronautas, 1.758, Caixa Postal 515, Jd. Granja, CEP 12227-010, São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil (Email: polybispo@gmail.com)
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  • MÁRCIO DE MORISSON VALERIANO,

    1. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, INPE, Divisão de Sensoriamento Remoto, Av dos Astronautas, 1.758, Caixa Postal 515, Jd. Granja, CEP 12227-010, São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil (Email: polybispo@gmail.com)
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  • JOÃO ROBERTO DOS SANTOS

    1. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, INPE, Divisão de Sensoriamento Remoto, Av dos Astronautas, 1.758, Caixa Postal 515, Jd. Granja, CEP 12227-010, São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil (Email: polybispo@gmail.com)
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Abstract

The objective of this study was to identify the effects of local geomorphometry on the abundance, richness and floristic composition of tree species in the central Brazilian Amazon. Forty-six 0.25-ha plots in different phyto-ecologic sites were sampled, and their trees were inventoried. Geomorphometric data (elevation, slope, aspect, plan and profile curvatures) were derived from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data. A detrended correspondence analysis (DCA) was used to examine the floristic distribution patterns among plots. In addition, geomorphometric variables were submitted to multiple regression analysis to identify the variables influencing floristic composition (represented by the first DCA component), abundance and species richness. Correlation analyses between the number of individuals from each species and the first DCA component were performed to evaluate the contribution of each species. Analysis of the results could not confirm an effect of geomorphometry alone on species richness and abundance, although floristic composition was significantly influenced by profile curvature and elevation. Despite the relatively low variation in altitude at the study site, species were found to be sensitive to terrain peculiarities such as elevation and profile curvature, which can constrain particular ecologic niches and contribute to the spatial distribution patterns of species.

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