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Special Issue "Carbon and Water Cycles in Boreal Forest Landscapes"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Matthias Peichl

Department of Forest Ecology & Management. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Skogsmarksgränd 1, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Interests: biosphere–atmosphere interactions, boreal ecosystems, carbon cycle, climate change, forestry
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mats B. Nilsson

Department of Forest Ecology & Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Skogsmarksgränd 1, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Interests: biogeochemistry, biosphere–atmosphere interactions, boreal ecosystems, carbon cycle, climate change, soil science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Boreal forests constitute important components in the global carbon and water cycles and thus strongly affect our climate system. In addition, they provide a renewable source of bioenergy and wooden products. Boreal ecosystems are unique in that they experience distinct seasonal dynamics in temperature, solar radiation and snow cover, which makes them particularly vulnerable to the severe climatic changes projected for high-latitude areas. Management practices and natural disturbances further affect their biosphere–atmosphere exchanges and lateral fluxes of carbon and water. Altogether, this results in considerable uncertainty and poses a challenge in quantifying boreal forest carbon and water budgets as well as identifying mechanistic drivers and global change feedbacks. Thus, we need to improve our understanding to better define the role of boreal forests in the global climate context and to develop sustainable and climate-responsible forest practices.

We therefore call for contributions to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge on the carbon and water cycles of boreal forest landscapes. We encourage all types of studies including experimental, monitoring and modeling approaches across all scales in both natural and managed forest ecosystems. We also welcome studies on strategies related to climate change mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable forest management.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Peichl
Prof. Dr. Mats B. Nilsson
Guest Editors

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 fluxes
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Disturbances
  • Global change
  • Forest management
  • Water balance
  • Water use efficiency

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