Special Issue "Alpine and Polar Treelines in a Changing Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: treeline; ecophysiology; climate change; ecosystem manipulation; biogeochemistry
Concerns have been raised in regards to high-altitude and high-latitude treelines, as they may undergo significant ecological alterations caused by global climate change. Given that treelines in high-altitude and high-latitude regions are temperature-limited vegetation boundaries, they are considered to be sensitive to climate warming. Consequently, in a future, warmer environment, a shift of treelines further upwards is expected, since regeneration and growth are limited by low air and root-zone temperatures. Despite the ubiquity of climate warming, treeline advancement is not a world-wide phenomenon: Evidence shows that treelines have remained stable regardless of the reported increase in temperature. This is because a continuum of site-related factors may interact and establish locally-conditioned temperature patterns. Furthermore, competition amongst species and below-ground resources has been suggested to explain the variability in the responses observed. Finally, the importance of land-use changes for treeline dynamics is increasingly acknowledged, especially in areas with a long history of intense anthropogenic influence e.g. in Europe’s high-elevation forests.
In this Special Issue we explore the current knowledge about climate and land-use changes at treelines. Experimental and field studies on the effects of climate change on tree species in these ecotones are also welcome in this Special Issue.
Dr. Gerhard Wieser
Manuscript Submission Information
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- climate change
- land-use change
- anthropogenic impact
- ecosystem manipulation
- historical legacy