Forest Meteorology and Climate Change

A section of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

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This section highlights progress in forest meteorology and climate change around the world.

The main objective is to understand the exchange processes of momentum, matter, and energy between forests and the atmosphere as well as the impact of different environmental conditions on them. Great importance will be devoted to the dynamics of water and carbon dioxide as well as to the interaction of forest ecosystems with other GHG and airborne pollutants. Underlying ecophysiological processes such as stomatal dynamics, photosynthesis, and plant hydraulics will be also considered.

Special attention will be paid to extreme events and to the evaluation of the effects of climate change on forest ecology and forest growth.

Both studies based on measurements and models are welcome, as are evaluations based on remote sensing data, provided that the meteorological or micrometeorological component are relevant. Contributions dealing with various types of sensors or combinations of them are also welcome.

The application of forest meteorology concepts to different fields, such as, e.g., in risk assessment mapping, may be of interest for the journal’s community of readers.

We solicit contributions describing innovative studies, approaches, data processing techniques, and modelling tools to improve our understanding of forest interaction with meteorology and climate and support operational applications. We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles. Potential topic areas include but are not necessarily limited to:


  • Micrometeorological measurements in different forest environments, both above canopy and intra-canopy. CO2, water, GHG, airborne pollutants (e.g., O3, NOx, PM, POPs);
  • Characterization of the exchange processes at the forest floor;
  • Development or employment of new sensors for observations in forest meteorology;
  • Modeling of ecophysiological processes relevant to forest meteorology and climate change, e.g., stomatal conductance, plant hydraulics, soil water content, and CO2 assimilation;
  • Modeling momentum, mass, and energy exchange between forests and the atmosphere, with a special emphasis on water, carbon dioxide, and airborne pollutants;  the development of new parameterizations; and comparisons of different modelling schemes;
  • Sources and sinks of GHG in forest ecosystems;
  • Effects of extreme events on the carbon balance of forests ecosystems, both in the short and long term;
  • Evolution of forest ecosystem in climate change scenarios;
  • Mapping and identification of forest areas that are at risk.

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