Special Issue "Climate Change Impact on Plant Ecology"

A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marcello Vitale
Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome (UNIROMA1), Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5–I-00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: forest ecology; forest growth and carbon-water balances; stress physiology; adaptation–mitigation of forests to global change and air pollution; process-based and statistical modeling; litter decomposition
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Dr. Alessio Collalti
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean (ISAFOM-CNR). National Research Council of Italy, Via Cavour, 4-6 87036, Rende (CS) Italy
Interests: tree ecophysiology; forest modelling; biogeochemical cycles; silviculture; stand dynamics; carbon sequestration; forest ecology; climate change impacts; adaptation; mitigation
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Special Issue Information

Global climate varies naturally over time scales from decades to thousands of years and longer. These natural variations can originate from internal fluctuations that exchange energy, water, and carbon among the atmosphere, oceans, and land, and from external influences, including variations in the energy received from the sun and the effects of volcanic eruptions. Human activities can also influence climate by altering atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and other greenhouse gases including aerosols and the reflectivity of Earth’s surface by changing land cover. Climate change is projected to affect ecosystems and valuable services at multiple scales. Factors at different scales could be interacting, and separately assessing these impacts may lead to mismatches of potential management interventions with processes that affect ecosystem services. Viewing forests as complex adaptive systems can provide insights into ecosystem processes and hierarchical interactions. The main purpose of this Special Issue is to define methodological approaches aimed at evaluating the impacts of climate change on the structural and functional processes of forests throughout the cross-scale interactions. A special focus is on elaboration of conceptual models and predictive algorithms on the effects of climate change on functional processes—such as carbon assimilation and plant respiration—and keeping of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

Prof. Dr. Marcello Vitale 
Dr. Alessio Collalti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • climatic scenarios
  • greenhouse gases
  • modeling
  • primary production
  • system complexity

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Open AccessEditorial
Preface: Climate Change Impact on Plant Ecology
Climate 2020, 8(5), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli8050059 - 25 Apr 2020
Climate change likely represents the major modifying agents of functional and structural processes in terrestrial and marine ecosystems [...] Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Impact on Plant Ecology)
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