Special Issue "Climate Change Impacts on the Dynamics of Forest Ecosystems"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2017
Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
Department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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Interests: concepts of biodiversity; beta-diversity; biodiversity monitoring and sampling design; impacts of climate change on biodiversity; remote sensing in biodiversity research; scale dependency of biodiversity patterns
In comparison with other permanent ecosystems, forests are particularly affected by climatic changes due to the longevity of their key species, the trees. Reaching the current state of species assembly, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning took millennia after the last glaciation in the vast forests of the northern hemisphere. Natural adaptation processes at different levels ranging from the individual tree to the ecosystem are unlikely to keep up with the speed of climatic changes in the next decades. Particularly, extreme climatic events, such as periods of drought or strong winds, can cause extensive damage but they may also reduce inertia and create options for new successional trajectories. However, we are facing novel conditions at local or regional scales, which are likely to be translated into new qualities of forest ecosystems. The driving mechanisms that are already going on and expected to control future forests need to be better understood. We encourage studies from all fields, including experimental studies, monitoring approaches and models, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge and adaptation strategies for the preservation, management, and future development of forest ecosystems.
Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
Dr. Andreas Bolte
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- Extreme Climatic Events
- Carbon Sequestration
- Ecosystem Services
- Bark Beetle Outbreaks
- Forest Fires, Regeneration
- Forest Management