Special Issue "Plant Ecosystems in a Changing World: Monitoring, Modelling and Risk Assessment"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosphere/Hydrosphere/Land–Atmosphere Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alessandra De Marco
Guest Editor
ENEA, CR Casaccia, SSPT-PVS, Via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome, Italy
Interests: air pollution; climate change; impacts on ecosystems
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Dr. Evgenios Agathokleous
Guest Editor
Hokkaido Research Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Forest Research and Management Organization, 7 Hitsujigaoka, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-8516, Japan
Interests: environmental change impacts on plant ecosystems; air pollution biomonitoring; biostimulants; conditioning; dose–-response relationship; ecophysiology; priming; hormesis; adaptive response; ecological risk assessment
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Dr. Pierre Sicard
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Guest Editor
ARGANS 260 route du Pin Montard 06904 Sophia-Antipolis cedex, France
Interests: ground-level ozone; epidemiological study; impacts on forests
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Based on observations, modelling approaches are emerging to develop coupled biogeochemical–ecological models to predict the combined effects of climate change, air pollution, atmospheric deposition, and other stressors on the functioning and diversity of plant ecosystems.

The main objective of this Special Issue is to discuss different approaches to bridge the knowledge gaps in different scientific domains (air pollution, deposition, climate change, impacts in terms of health, yield, and biodiversity loss) in order to (i) translate observations and predictions into future scenarios; (ii) improve understanding of interaction and feedbacks between climate change, air pollutants, and effects upon plant ecosystems; (iii) quantify the ecosystems responses to air pollution and changing climate conditions; and (iv) provide risk maps for plant ecosystems at regional and local scale.

This Special Issue will deal with monitoring and modelling of air pollution and climate change effects on plants, with a strong focus on emerging research needs for risk assessment. Papers which exclusively deal with any aspects of tropospheric ozone or other air pollutants (physics–chemistry) are also welcome.

This Special Issue will include peer-reviewed papers presented at the International Conference “Air Pollution Threats to Plant Ecosystems” (4–8 May 2020, Paphos, Cyprus) as well as excellent contributions from those who did not have the opportunity to attend the conference.

Dr. Alessandra De Marco
Dr. Evgenios Agathokleous
Dr. Pierre Sicard
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Atmosphere 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 1500 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.


  • air pollution
  • climate change
  • ecological model
  • modelling
  • monitoring
  • nitrogen
  • ozone
  • risk assessment
  • vegetation
  • vegetation–atmosphere interactions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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