Special Issue "Forest Adaptation to Climate Change: From Individual Trees to Whole Stand"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Biometeorology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Vladimir V. Shishov

Department of Mathematical Methods and Information Technology, Siberian Federal University, L. Prushinskoy st., 2, 660075 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
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Interests: tree-ring growth; tree-ring formation; process-based modeling; parameterization; climate changes; neural networks; applied statistics
Guest Editor
Prof. Emilia Gutiérrez Merino

Department of Ecology, University of Barcelona, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: tree adaptation; tree phenology; tree physiology; dendrochronology
Guest Editor
Prof. Bao Yang

Key Laboratory of Desert and Desertification, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 730000 Lanzhou, China
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Interests: tree phenology; tree rings; dendrochronology; climate reconstructions; climate changes
Guest Editor
Dr. Philippe Rozenberg

Unit BioForA, UMR 0588 INRA Val de Loire / ONF, Avenue de la pomme de pin CS 40001 Ardon, 45075 Orléans Cedex 2, France
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Interests: tree adaptation; tree rings; environmental changes; phenotypic plasticity; microdensity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue addresses the fundamental problem of forest reaction forecast to climate change and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the terrestrial ecosystems of the earth.

The problem of tree-ring response to possible climate change is one of the most urgent problems of modern forest ecology. Despite a large number of papers concerning tree-ring response to different environmental changes (temperature increase, drought, etc.), there is no reliable answer to how woody plants will respond to environmental changes in different forest stands and various physiographic zones.

Wood characteristics are important in determining the ability of a tree to face environmental cues, including climate change. Indeed, under normal climatic variability, wood anatomy, structure, and function usually fit the environmental conditions. However, under a rapidly changing climate, these characteristics need to be adjusted to fit the environmental conditions through phenotypic plasticity and/or evolutionary adaptation.

To promote a sound and future-oriented management of forest resources, it is fundamental that tree breeders and forest managers select and promote individuals, provenances, and species that best fit the future conditions. It is therefore important and urgent that plant scientists provide tools and knowledge helping to identify and select the most relevant adaptive traits.

With this Special Issue, we aim at gathering experts from different disciplines to present original results, review papers, and theoretical and practical approaches for a better understanding of plant/trees adaptation to climate, with special focus on: 1) Environmental control and/or genetic determinism of wood formation; 2) Methodological developments for the study of wood formation and tree adaptation to climate; 3) Ecophysiological approaches to wood functioning, and 5) Tree/Climate simulations and information systems.


Prof. Vladimir V. Shishov
Prof. Emilia Gutiérrez Merino
Prof. Bao Yang
Dr. Philippe Rozenberg
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • tree growth
  • wood formation
  • wood functioning
  • climate
  • Tree adaptation
  • environmental control
  • genetic determinism
  • process-based simulations

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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