Special Issue "Climate Change Impacts on Alpine and Polar Plants"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)
Prof. Nicoletta Cannone
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Department of Science and High Technology, Varese, Italy
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Interests: climate change; plant diversity; flora and vegetation; alpine and polar environments; CO2 fluxes; plant phenology; manipulative experiments; environmental change; cryosphere; paleoclimate and species biogeography
Alpine and Polar environments are characterized by unique biodiversity and have been recognized as the most vulnerable systems on the planet to climate change impacts, and, for this reason, they constitute a priority for research. Climate change impacts are already evident in Alpine and Polar regions, affecting the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems, with special emphasis on plants, as they provide the frame for the development of the food web, play a key role in the biogeochemical cycles, and ecosystem services through their interaction both with soils and atmosphere. The responses of Alpine and Polar plants to climate change may trigger feedbacks over different ecological hierarchical levels (from genes to landscapes), spatial and temporal scales. This Special Issue provides a platform to highlight gaps in knowledge and variability or similarity of responses within this complex frame, because it is important to understand how plant ecology and diversity can be affected and respond to climate change, which are the most important physical, environmental and biological drivers triggering these responses, and assess the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems across biogeographical regions, from Alpine to Polar (Antarctica and the Arctic) environments.Prof. Nicoletta Cannone
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- Climate change
- Alpine and polar regions
- Plant ecology
- Spatial and temporal scales
- Biogeochemical cycles
- Plant phenology
- Plant functional traits
- Plant biodiversity