Special Issue "Implications for Soil Respiration in Forest Carbon Sequestration"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Soil".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 76

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Haibo Lu
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai 519087, China
Interests: terrestrial ecosystem model; data-driven estimation of global soil respiration;
Dr. Bingwei Zhang
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Zhuhai Branch of State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai 519087, China
Interests: soil carbon cycling; biodiversity; ecosystem function
School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
Interests: global change; carbon cycle; Nitrogen; interaction
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Dr. Yi Wang
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Institute of Resources and Environment, International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan, Beijing 100102, China
Interests: soil respiration; soil enzyme activities; decomposition; soil microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the largest carbon efflux from terrestrial ecosystems to the atmosphere, soil respiration is essential to the global carbon balance. Over recent years, our understanding of forest soil respiration has significantly advanced due to the large amount of in situ observations across various ecosystems. The global change manipulative experiments and isotope labeling technique provide a new insight into the biogeochemical mechanisms of soil respiration under global change.

In this Special Issue on “Implications for Soil Respiration in Forest Carbon Sequestration”, we will report new insights of soil respiration interacting with forest diversity, root functional traits and soil microbial composition under global change, and new estimation of global/regional soil respiration and its components by machine learning and terrestrial ecosystem models. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
1.New understanding of the interplay between forest diversity and soil respiration;
2.New advances of soil respirations in response to global change;
3.Biogeochemical mechanisms between soil respiration and soil organic carbon composition;
4.Interactive effects of root functional traits and microbial composition on soil respiration;
5.Data-driven estimation of global/regional soil respiration and its components;
6.Improvements of terrestrial ecosystem models;
7.Uncertainty in estimating soil respiration at the local, regional and global scale.

Dr. Haibo Lu
Dr. Bingwei Zhang
Dr. Lingyan Zhou
Dr. Yi Wang
Guest Editors

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  • soil respiration
  • global change
  • carbon neutrality
  • terrestrial ecosystem models
  • machine learning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Spatial variation patterns and drivers of soil respiration and its heterotrophic and autotrophic components: a global synthesis analysis
Authors: Yun Jiang
Affiliation: Zhuhai Branch of State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai 519087, People’s Republic of China

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