Special Issue "Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Below and Aboveground Forest Deadwood"


A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (8 May 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ir. Maarten Nieuwenhuis
UCD Forestry, School of Agriculture & Food Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Website: http://www.ucd.ie/agfood/ucdforestry/staff/academic/professormaartennieuwenhuis/
Interests: forest management; forest planning; forest harvesting; forest modeling; decision support systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Brian Tobin
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forest ecosystems represent the largest terrestrial carbon (C) sink on earth and as such recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as an effective aspect of strategy for offsetting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Deadwood represents a significant portion of the forest C store (7 to 20% of total forest C) which can be readily modified through forest management practices. However, stocks and stock changes in this pool have been much less documented than the live biomass pools.

Fluxes from fine debris and litter are often treated as significant components of soil respiration when estimating forest carbon budgets, however larger debris is often overlooked or very roughly estimated despite its role as a long-lived C-pool component. Although forests have been accurate estimation of GHG fluxes from forest deadwood is essential for assessing its contribution to current and long-term C-balances, but also increasingly to gain an understanding of its reaction to changes in climate. Since the C density of detrital pools increases in forests following disturbance events (e.g. storm, insect and disease infestation), which themselves are expected to increase in frequency in the future, gas fluxes from forest deadwood can only be expected to increase in importance.

An understanding of the nature of forest deadwood GHG efflux and its relation to climatic drivers and variables is required before management of the pool can be expected to be anticipatory and supportive of the longterm sustainability of forests in a world of altering climate.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Maarten Nieuwenhuis
Dr. Brian Tobin
Guest Editors


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  • woody debris
  • decomposition
  • greenhouse gas fluxes
  • climate change mitigation
  • disturbance

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Forests 2015, 6(6), 1779-1809; doi:10.3390/f6061779
Received: 25 March 2015 / Accepted: 25 May 2015 / Published: 28 May 2015
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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.

Invited contributions:

  1. O.N. Krankina. Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331, USA

Last update: 2 February 2015

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