Special Issue "Interactions Matter — Complex Effects of Competition, Disturbances, and Climate on Tree Growth"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019
Tree growth is the keystone ecological process that shapes forest ecosystem structure and drives the provision of ecosystem services to humans by the world forests. Decades of dendroecological research have showed how several biotic and abiotic factors, such as climate, stand dynamics, natural disturbances, and forest management, affect tree development and regulate growth rates. Traditionally, such factors have been analyzed one at a time, while controlling for confounding interactions. However, an increasing body of literature has demonstrated that when two of more factors are taken into account (e.g., by analyzing the effect of competition on growth response to climate), their action is compounded in a non-linear way, generating indirect, threshold, or emergent tipping-point processes.
We now encourage all researchers to contribute to a special issue of the journal Forests that focuses on tree growth response to multiple, interacting factors. Studies using a suite of dendrochronological variables (ring width, wood density, xylem anatomical features, and stable isotopes) are welcome, as long as they investigate the effect of interacting exogenous factors on elements of tree growth. Both retrospective studies and simulation of future growth (validated by dendrochronological techniques) are suitable for the Special issue. The issue will contribute to the advancement of dendrochronology and forest ecology knowledge, helping researchers globally to better understand tree growth patterns and processes under the simultaneous influence of multiple drivers. This will improve our capacity to model forest growth, use tree rings as accurate proxies for ecological and climatic processes, and develop management practices and strategies to face climate change.
Dr. Giorgio Vacchiano
Dr. Daniele Castagneri
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.
- Tree growth
- Xylem anatomy
- Stable isotopes
- Natural disturbances
- Competition Forest management
- Climate change
- Extreme events
- Simulation models