Special Issue "The Connection of Forest Dynamics and Carbon Accumulation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019
Globally, forests are recognized as a key asset for mitigating CO2 emissions. However, forest carbon sequestration and accumulation are influenced by forest dynamics. Within forests, biological, environmental, and management forces drive disturbance and succession, which ultimately shape and change forests, from local to global scales, over a range of temporal scales. The continuous shaping and changing of forests influence sequestration of carbon in live biomass and the accumulation and loss of carbon in dead organic matter and soil. Disturbances, such as fire, insect and disease outbreaks, wind events, and forest management activities, can have immediate impacts on forests, carbon sequestration, and accumulation. Complexity arises because carbon in forests can be transferred from live biomass to dead organic matter and soil carbon pools in response to disturbances which indicates that disturbance may not cause a complete emission but rather some loss of carbon as well as lateral transfer of carbon among live, dead organic matter, and soil carbon pools. Further, current and potential future shifts in climate and management practices influence both disturbance and succession suggesting that the current relationship between forest dynamics and carbon sequestration and storage may change in the future. To understand the carbon consequences of current and anticipated future changes a firm understanding of the relationship between forest dynamics, carbon sequestration, and carbon accumulation is needed. We encourage studies from all fields, including remote sensing applications, inventory approaches, modeling and projection techniques, and empirical approaches, to contribute to this special issue in order to promote a more complete understanding of the connection between forest dynamics, carbon sequestration, and carbon accumulation.
Dr. John W. Coulston
Dr. Grant M. Domke
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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. Forests 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 1800 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.
- Carbon accumulation
- Carbon sequestration
- Forest management
- Post-disturbance regeneration
- Climate change
- Forest carbon pools
- Forest carbon projections