Special Issue "Effects of Disturbance on Forest Dynamics under Climate Changes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 October 2020).
Disturbances are an integral part of ecosystem dynamics in forests, influencing their composition, structure, and functional processes. Disturbances can be caused by natural phenomena or factors, both abiotic (fires, wind and snow damage, drought), and biotic (insect and pathogen outbreaks and invasions), but can result from human activities (air pollution and land-use change, fire ignition), that affect forest structure and functions. Not all disturbances are destructive to the overall forest ecosystem – small-scale disturbances can be an important factor contributing in the ecosystem dynamics, driving regeneration – succession processes and/or promoting ecosystem heterogeneity from local to landscape level.
It is obviously known that forest disturbances are sensitive to climates features, that directly contributes in the process or indirectly influences the trees or another factors injurious to them. Our understanding of disturbance dynamics in response to climatic changes seems to be crucial for the forest management towards the adaptation of forest ecosystems to changing conditions. This special issue is focused on the presentation of results and ideas concerning the impact of disturbances stimulated by climate change on forest ecosystems, in terms of ecological processes and resulting forest characteristics. Both the original research and the review papers are welcome.
Prof. Wojciech Grodzki
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.
- Climate change
- Abiotic factors
- Biotic agents
- Effects of disturbances
- Forest ecology
- Forest management