Special Issue "Tree and Wind Interactions in a Changing Climate"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Hazards and Risk Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (22 June 2023) | Viewed by 264

Special Issue Editors

Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”, Rīgas Str. 111, LV-2169 Salaspils, Latvia
Interests: forestry; urban forestry; trees; wind risk; disturbance ecology; climate change; nondestructive testing; arboriculture; pulling test method
School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Yliopistokatu 7, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Interests: wind damage; wind damage risk modelling; interaction between wind and biotic disturbances; risk management; adaptive management under climate change
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Forestry Commission Research Division, Northern Research Station, Midlothian, UK
Interests: wind damage; wind risk modelling; climate change impacts on forests; forest restoration; dendroclimatology; sustainable forestry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During their whole life cycle, trees and forests need to withstand various exogenous mechanical stresses to ensure their survival, among which wind loading is the most prominent. The interactions between wind and trees, and the effects of wind loading on trees and their distinct parts (including roots) are very complex. This makes the characterization of the interactions between wind and trees and the development of trees’ own mechanical stability very challenging. However, the understanding of the biomechanical behavior of trees under wind loading is essential in order to improve the resistance of trees to wind-induced disturbances in forests, as well as in urban and peri-urban areas. Therefore, this Special Issue of Forests is intended to cover the following topics to promote the knowledge about the interaction between wind and trees:

  • Wind-induced tree movements and biomechanics;
  • Tree resistance to wind loading;
  • Links between tree behavior under static tree-pulling tests with tree resistance to wind loading;
  • Tree thigmomorphogenesis and adaptation to wind climate;
  • Post-damage legacy effects and recovery of mechanical stability;
  • Impacts of wind disturbances on ecosystem functioning;
  • Development and application of wind damage modeling – process-based and statistical;
  • Management of wind damage risk from tree to stand and landscape levels.

Dr. Oskars Krišāns
Prof. Dr. Heli Peltola
Dr. Tom Locatelli
Guest Editors

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  • wind-tree interactions
  • wind loading
  • biomechanics
  • wind damage modeling
  • tree stability
  • soil-root interactions
  • wind resistance
  • risk assessment
  • adaptive forest management
  • managed and urban forests

Published Papers

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