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Special Issue "Forests as a Key Climate Solution"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Zavala

Departmento de Ciencias de la Vida, Edificio Ciencias, Universidad de Alcalá, Campus Universitario, 28805 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain
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Interests: forest ecology; climate change adaptation; sustainability; biodiversity; mathematical ecology
Guest Editor
Dr. Paloma Ruiz-Benito

Departamento de Ciencias de la Vida, Edificio Ciencias, Universidad de Alcalá, Campus Universitario, 28805 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain
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Interests: climate change; diversity; ecosystem services; forest ecology; forest functioning; functional biogeography; land use change; mathematical ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests provide a wide range of ecosystem services critical to human well-being. Forests have a key role on the global carbon cycle and constitute a critical ecosystem for mitigation. Forests are threatened by human impacts chiefly land use changes and the increase of extreme events, such as droughts and fires, yet it is estimated that forest carbon could provide up to one third of climate solution that we need over the next two decades.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions about:

  • Key examples of forests as a potential solution to climate change issues.
  • Forests as drivers of the global carbon cycle and the role of forests in climate change mitigation.
  • Theoretical and empirical approximations to estimate carbon stored by forests including valuation of carbon storage and other ecosystem services.
  • Effects of climate change on forests, including extreme climatic events and disturbances.
  • Management solutions to adapt forests to climate change and to maintain ecosystem services.
  • Interdisciplinary issues related with forest adaptation and mitigation, especially with a social or policy component.

We invite scientist involved in theoretical, methodological and practical studies of forest ecology, mitigation and adaptation to contribute original research papers that will illustrate the continuing effort to understand the role of forests in climate regulation and the develop of novel approximations to mitigation, adaptation and sustainable forest management.

Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Zavala
Dr. Paloma Ruiz-Benito
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • adaptation
  • carbon
  • climate change
  • drivers
  • ecosystem services
  • forests
  • mitigation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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