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Special Issue "Natural Disturbance Dynamics Analysis for Forest Ecosystem Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kalev Jõgiste

Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwaldi 1, Tartu, Estonia.
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Interests: forest disturbance regimes, ecosystem legacy management, ecological memory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Observations of climate change impacts are prompting scientists to search for alternative approaches to forest management. As changing climate alters successional trajectories leading to novel ecosystems, resilience concepts create new insights into the non-equilibrium dynamics of ecosystems.

The role of ecosystem legacies in the course of dynamic processes of forest biomes around the world requires thorough analysis before implementing new silvicultural techniques. Legacy syndromes, in which ecological memory is impacted by management activity, are suggested as a platform for designing ecosystem management in the future. The impact (length and strength) of the pool of ecosystem legacies and how they vary at different spatial and temporal scales is a most promising line of further research. In particular, the investigation of how the carbon cycle is directed by legacies is crucial to understanding climate change impacts. Analyses of successional trajectories, ecosystem memory, and novel ecosystems are needed to improve modelling in support of forests.

The objective of this Special Issue is to begin to untangle successional patterns and the driving forces of disturbances dynamics. To this end, we solicit scientists to share their cutting-edge research in ecosystem approaches to forest management. In particular, we are interested in further elaboration of the theory of ecological memory and the underpinnings of ecosystem legacies and legacy syndromes.

Prof. Dr. Kalev Jõgiste
Guest Editor

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.


  • Forest ecosystem
  • Natural disturbance
  • Ecosystem legacy
  • Ecological memory
  • Novel ecosystems

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