Special Issue "Dynamic of Vegetation and Climate Change"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carlos Pinto-Gomes
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Department of landscape, environment and planning (DPAO), University of Évora, Rua Romão Ramalho, nº 59, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal
Interests: flora; geobotany; management of natural plant heritage; natural and seminatural habitats; vegetation
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Dr. Mauro Raposo
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Department of landscape, environment and planning (DPAO), University of Évora, Rua Romão Ramalho, nº 59, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal
Interests: biogeography; flora, geobotany, landscape architecture; sustainability, vegetation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A set of climatic events that have occurred across the paleolitic ages all the way to today have caused profound changes in the biosphere, such as the periods of glaciation and global warming. In response to these changes, natural systems change: Some species increase their area of distribution, while others’ decreases, or they end up disappearing. These strong changes are responsible for environmental quality; they influence and are influenced by human communities. In this context, knowledge of the potential natural vegetation is key, to understand global changes and identify possible treats. The value of bioindicator plants is clear, used as a predictive tool to interpret the landscape and therefore analyze the evolution of vegetation cover, as well as the types of land use more suitable to each portion of territory.

This Special Issue looks for new material not yet published, which relates the natural plant communities and their dynamic evolution (in a short or a long term) to bioclimatic changes and anthropic actions in the landscape, through analyses of the floristic composition, the edaphoclimatic conditions, and integration management methods. We particularly welcome paperwork obtained from empirical research, modeling, remote sensing, landscape planning, decision support tools, fundamental plant or vegetation science, and specific case-studies which span a range of spatial and temporal scales. These studies should contribute to an improvement in the quality of the environment, based on the importance of vegetation and throughout its rational management, concerning the long-term survival of the planet. We invite each author to contribute, sending one or more articles that embrace this general purpose and respond to one or more of the indicated keywords.

Prof. Dr. Carlos Pinto-Gomes
Dr. Mauro Raposo
Guest Editors

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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. Environments is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Bioclimatology
  • Biogeography
  • Climate change
  • Ecological resilience
  • Ecosystem management
  • Geobotany
  • Invasive plants
  • Nature conservation
  • Public policies
  • Vegetation

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The Impact of Tourism Activity on Coastal Biodiversity: A Case Study at Praia da Cova Redonda (Algarve—Portugal)
Environments 2020, 7(10), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments7100088 - 12 Oct 2020
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Tourism activity has a very significant weight in the world economy, even being the main activity responsible for the export of many countries, in the form of providing services to foreign citizens. In mainland Portugal, the main tourist region is the Algarve, where [...] Read more.
Tourism activity has a very significant weight in the world economy, even being the main activity responsible for the export of many countries, in the form of providing services to foreign citizens. In mainland Portugal, the main tourist region is the Algarve, where beach tourism, known as sun and sea tourism, plays a decisive role. However, this activity also has its negative impacts. In the present work, a case study was analyzed, at Praia da Cova Redonda, located in the parish of Porches, in the municipality of Lagoa. Negative impacts on land use and occupation were identified, caused by the excessive presence of people, the introduction of invasive species and the artificial filling of beaches. At the end, a set of mitigating measures are presented that aim to ensure that the exploitation of natural resources can be maintained, but in a perspective of preservation and recovery of natural resources and biodiversity. Full article
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Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Areas Suitable to Grow Some Key Crops in New Jersey, USA
Environments 2020, 7(10), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments7100076 - 26 Sep 2020
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We used the Climate Change and Adaptation Modeler (CCAM), a Terrset software toolset, to project the effects of global climate change on crops in New Jersey. We selected two scenarios—A1FI-MI and B1TME. We found that temperatures will increase by the end of this [...] Read more.
We used the Climate Change and Adaptation Modeler (CCAM), a Terrset software toolset, to project the effects of global climate change on crops in New Jersey. We selected two scenarios—A1FI-MI and B1TME. We found that temperatures will increase by the end of this century compared to 1981–2010 normal temperatures baseline downloaded from PRISM. The temperature increase will vary from 3 to 6 °C depending upon the scenario while the precipitation remains relatively the same. These changes will negatively affect the suitability of many economically valuable crops in New Jersey including blueberry, cranberry, squash, sweet corn and tomato. Many crops that are highly or very suitable will move into marginal or very marginal categories. Full article
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