Special Issue "Forest Ecosystem Resilience and Resistance under Climate Change"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Meteorology and Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 October 2023) | Viewed by 260

Special Issue Editors

Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole BH15 5BB, UK
Interests: forest modeling; forest conservation; forest dynamics; forest resilience; ecosystem services; ecological restoration: biodiversity monitoring; landscape ecology; biodiversity assessment; conservation ecology
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole BH15 5BB, UK
Interests: ecology; forest conservation and protection; geography; temporal and spatial patterns

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since 1950, the Earth's climate has been undergoing an accelerated change characterized by global warming. In the context of climate change, forest ecosystems' structure, biodiversity, growth characteristics and stability are facing severe challenges, as well as the restoration and reconstruction of degraded forest ecosystems.

In addition to the temperature rising, climate change has also increased the frequency and severity of extreme events such as hurricanes, fires, droughts, and floods. Globally, these natural disturbances are likely to counteract the effects of warming and higher CO2 concentrations on forest growth. Severe drought can stress trees into hydraulic failure and carbon starvation, reducing forest productivity and causing tree death. Strong wind events will cause damage to trees and disturb forest structures to varying degrees, and in the case of climate warming, the accelerated growth rate of trees may be manifested as a weakened resistance to wind damage. In addition, droughts and hurricanes may indirectly lead to the outbreak of insects and pathogens, and increase the risk of fire. For temperate and northern regions, climate change will increase the frequency of fires by prolonging the fire season and creating drier burning conditions, which will further increase the loss of forest area. For tropical regions, fires will also cause a large loss of soil carbon and nitrogen.

Due to the uncertainty of climate change, the complexity of ecosystems and the limitations of human cognition, it is urgent for people to know how forest ecosystems resist and adapt to these external and unregular changes.

This Special Issue welcomes all kinds of research on forest ecosystems under the influence of climate change, including but not limited to the following aspects:

  • How a forest responds to environmental change;
  • Extreme weather's effects on forest ecosystems;
  • Trees’ adaptation to global warming;
  • Endurance maximum of forests to disturbance;
  • Spatial or temporal dynamics of forest structure;
  • Biodiversity and habitats variation in forest ecosystems;
  • Vulnerability, sensitivity and resilience of forest ecosystems to climate change, etc.

Dr. Elena Cantarello
Prof. Dr. Ross Hill
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • forest ecosystem
  • forest resilience
  • forest resistance
  • forest biodiversity
  • external disturbance
  • climate change
  • vegetation dynamics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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