Shifts in structural diversity of Amazonian forest edges detected using terrestrial laser scanning

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Maeda , E , Nunes , M , Calders , K , Mendes de Moura , Y , Raumonen , P , Tuomisto , H , Verley , P , Vincent , G , Zuquin , G & Camargo , J L 2022 , ' Shifts in structural diversity of Amazonian forest edges detected using terrestrial laser scanning ' , Remote Sensing of Environment , vol. 271 , no. 15 , 112895 .

Title: Shifts in structural diversity of Amazonian forest edges detected using terrestrial laser scanning
Author: Maeda, Eduardo; Nunes, Matheus; Calders, Kim; Mendes de Moura, Yhasmin; Raumonen, Pasi; Tuomisto, Hanna; Verley, Philippe; Vincent, Gregoire; Zuquin, Gabriela; Camargo, José Luis
Contributor organization: Department of Geosciences and Geography
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
TreeD lab - Terrestrial Ecosystem Dynamics
Date: 2022-03-15
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Remote Sensing of Environment
ISSN: 0034-4257
Abstract: Forest edges are an increasingly common feature of Amazonian landscapes due to human-induced forest frag-mentation. Substantial evidence shows that edge effects cause profound changes in forest biodiversity and productivity. However, the broader impacts of edge effects on ecosystem functioning remain unclear. Assessing the three-dimensional arrangement of forest elements has the potential to unveil structural traits that are scalable and closely linked to important functional characteristics of the forest. Using over 600 high-resolution terrestrial laser scanning measurements, we present a detailed assessment of forest structural metrics linked to ecosystem processes such as energy harvesting and light use efficiency. Our results show a persistent change in forest structural characteristics along the edges of forest fragments, which resulted in a significantly lower structural diversity, in comparison with the interior of the forest fragments. These structural changes could be observed up to 35 m from the forest edges and are likely to reflect even deeper impacts on other ecosystem variables such as microclimate and biodiversity. Traits related to vertical plant material allocation were more affected than traits related to canopy height. We demonstrate a divergent response from the forest understory (higher vegetation density close to the edge) and the upper canopy (lower vegetation density close to the edge), indicating that assessing forest disturbances using vertically integrated metrics, such as total plant area index, can lead to an erroneous interpretation of no change. Our results demonstrate the strong potential of terrestrial laser scanning for benchmarking broader-scale (e.g. airborne and space-borne) remote sensing assessments of forest distur-bances, as well as to provide a more robust interpretation of biophysical changes detected at coarser resolutions.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
Forest fragmentation
Tropical forests
Structural traits
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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