Special Issue "Forest Soil Monitoring"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Stefan Fleck
Guest Editor
Northwest German Forest Research Institute, 37079, Goettingen, Germany
Interests: forest soils; soil nitrogen; soil water content; soil water retention; soil acidity; soil carbon; forest canopy; leaf area index; evapotranspiration; photosynthesis; fire risk assessment; biodiversity; TLS

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Forest Soil Monitoring has never been as important as in our time, where severe disturbances due to climate change and air pollution are altering the preconditions for forest growth and wood production, nutrient recycling, carbon storage, water regulation, forest biodiversity, and many other ecosystem services. Forest soils provide the basis for these ecosystem services and are at the same time a long-term archive for the effects of forest ecosystem turnover processes. The state of forest soils is therefore affected by changing abiotic and biotic conditions. We need to know to what extent they will continue their support for ecosystem services in a changing world, what their current state is, and what kind of changes we may have to expect in forest ecosystems. The answer to such questions needs to make use of proper techniques to exploit the wealth of information gathered in the long-term data series of forest soil and ecosystem monitoring projects, since observations of forest development in the past are the key to understand their present and future.

The Special Issue on “Forest Soil Monitoring” of the journal Applied Sciences aims to attract a wide range of novel contributions from forest soil and ecosystem monitoring, including topics like:

  • Observed and modeled dynamics in forest soils;
  • Forest water relations;
  • Carbon storage in forest ecosystems;
  • Forests and the nitrogen cycle;
  • Heavy metals in forests;
  • Stability of forest soil properties;
  • Forest stability and resilience;
  • Forest growth under changing conditions;
  • Forest biodiversity;
  • Forest ecosystem functioning;
  • Methodological aspects of forest monitoring.

Contributions in these fields and adjacent topics are very welcome.

Dr. Stefan Fleck
Guest Editor

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