Special Issue "Forest Carbon Dynamics under Changing Climate and Disturbance Regimes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019
Determining whether forest (both upland and lowland) are, have been, or will be a carbon source or sink is critical to improving our ability to predict changes in the carbon balance in forest ecosystems. Climate change may affect ecosystem productivity, allocation of aboveground versus belowground biomass and microbial populations and their activities. Under climate change scenarios of increasing temperature and changes in precipitation patterns, the standing biomass (aboveground carbon stock) would increase and soil carbon (SOC) would perturb various ecosystem processes, such as photosynthesis and autotrophic and heterotrophic respiration.
Forest carbon (C) is significantly affected by both natural and anthropogenic disturbances. A natural disturbance can be a destructive event with drastic perturbations of an ecosystem, such as harvesting, fire, drought, insects and diseases, mining, seismic lines, and in-situ oil sand extraction, which could result in changes abiotic and biotic variables influencing the C distribution in different components of a forest ecosystem. Both climate and disturbances also interact to influence latitudinal patterns of vegetation and C storage. This Special Issue will examine the importance of forest C in the global carbon cycle; potential feedback on atmospheric CO2 concentration and climate change; improved both our knowledge of the amounts, spatial distributions and processes controlling C dynamics and our ability to predict changes in the terrestrial carbon balance.
Dr. Jagtar Bhatti
Dr. Kara L. Webster
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 cycle
- carbon dynamics
- GHGs source and sink
- anthropogenic disturbances
- natural disturbances
- climate change
- forest productivity
- litter fall rate
- soil C changes