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Special Issue "Long-Term Impacts of Climate Change on Forest Health"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Brad Seely

Dept. Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Interests: development and application of forest ecosystem management models at multiple spatial scales; climate change impacts on forests and natural disturbance agents; evaluation of alternative management strategies on forest ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human-induced climate change poses a considerable threat to the health of forest ecosystems throughout the world. Shifting climate patterns including, but not limited to, elevated temperatures, prolonged drought, changes in snow pack, and an increased frequency of extreme weather events have been shown to influence forest growth rates, key ecosystem processes, natural regeneration, and the activity of pests and disease agents. Elevated endemic mortality rates have been observed in many forests and vast areas of forest including plantations and natural forests have been killed at unprecedented rates due to episodic natural disturbance events including fire, pests and disease. While it is often difficult to prove direct links to climate change, there is mounting evidence that shifting climate patterns play an important role. The long-term impacts of changing climate on forest health can be difficult to measure due to problems of scale, the inherent interannual variability of climate, and the expense associated with developing and maintaining long-term experiments. Ecosystem models provide an effective tool for exploring such relationships. Many different types of models have been employed to examine the potential impacts of alternative climate change scenarios on forest growth dynamics, natural disturbance agents, and the use of different adaptation strategies. We encourage studies from all fields and employing different tools including monitoring, experimental management trials, and modelling to contribute to this Special Issue to promote a better understanding of the long-term impacts of climate change on forest health and to develop effective adaptation strategies to maintain forest health and the flow of ecosystem services.

Dr. Brad Seely
Guest Editor

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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.

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  • Climate Change
  • Forest Health
  • Adaptation Strategies
  • Process-based Modelling
  • Climate Niche Modelling
  • Natural Disturbance Agents
  • Drought Stress
  • Phenology
  • Dendrology

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Open AccessArticle Shifts in Growing Season of Tropical Deciduous Forests as Driven by El Niño and La Niña during 2001–2016
Forests 2018, 9(8), 448; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9080448
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 17 July 2018 / Accepted: 20 July 2018 / Published: 25 July 2018
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This study investigated the spatiotemporal dynamics of tropical deciduous forest including dry dipterocarp forest (DDF) and mixed deciduous forest (MDF) and its phenological changes in responses to El Niño and La Niña during 2001–2016. Based on time series of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index [...] Read more.
This study investigated the spatiotemporal dynamics of tropical deciduous forest including dry dipterocarp forest (DDF) and mixed deciduous forest (MDF) and its phenological changes in responses to El Niño and La Niña during 2001–2016. Based on time series of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) extracted from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), the start of growing season (SOS), the end of growing season (EOS), and length of growing season (LOS) were derived. In absence of climatic fluctuation, the SOS of DDF commonly started on 106 ± 7 DOY, delayed to 132 DOY in El Niño year (2010) and advanced to 87 DOY in La Niña year (2011). Thus, there was a delay of about 19 to 33 days in El Niño and an earlier onset of about 13 to 27 days in La Niña year. The SOS of MDF started almost same time as of DDF on the 107 ± 7 DOY during the neutral years and delayed to 127 DOY during El Niño, advanced to 92 DOY in La Niña year. The SOS of MDF was delayed by about 12 to 28 days in El Niño and was earlier about 8 to 22 days in La Niña. Corresponding to these shifts in SOS and LOS of both DDF and MDF were also induced by the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Full article
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