Forest Ecosystem Services: Modelling, Mapping and Valuing

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2024 | Viewed by 783

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Interests: ecosystem services; ecosystem dynamics; ecosystem modelling; ecosystem assessment
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Dear Colleagues,

We are honoured to announce this Special Issue, titled "Forest Ecosystem Services: Modelling, Mapping and Valuing", dedicated to unravelling the intricate dynamics of supply, demand, and security within forest ecosystems. As the Guest Editor, I am enthusiastic about assembling a collection of pioneering research articles investigating the nuanced relationships governing forest provisioning, regulating, and cultural services.

This Special Issue seeks to showcase innovative approaches in modelling and mapping various forest ecosystem services, elucidating the complex interplay between the supply and demand for services, including, but not limited to, carbon sequestration, water purification, and biodiversity conservation. We invite contributions that utilize advanced technologies to enhance our ability to assess, quantify, and map these vital services while addressing the security aspects of their sustainability.

Furthermore, we encourage submissions exploring novel valuation methods that shed light on the ecological, economic, and social dimensions of forest ecosystem services. By synthesizing diverse perspectives, this Special Issue aims to foster a deeper understanding of the security implications tied to these services' supply and demand dynamics, crucial for ensuring the resilience and stability of our ecosystems.

Join us in contributing to a comprehensive dialogue that transcends disciplinary boundaries, addressing fundamental challenges and shaping the future trajectory of forest ecosystem service research, particularly in the context of security and sustainability.

Dr. Bahman Jabbarian Amiri
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  • ecosystem services (ESs)
  • ESs supply and demand dynamics
  • ESs mapping techniques
  • ESs valuation methods
  • security in ecosystem services
  • biodiversity conservation
  • carbon sequestration
  • water yield and purification

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Utilizing Multi-Source Data and Cloud Computing Platform to Map Short-Rotation Eucalyptus Plantations Distribution and Stand Age in Hainan Island
by Xiong Yin, Mingshi Li, Hongyan Lai, Weili Kou, Yue Chen and Bangqian Chen
Forests 2024, 15(6), 925; - 26 May 2024
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Short-rotation eucalyptus plantations play a key positive role in the forestry economy due to their fast-growing and high-yielding properties. However, some studies have suggested that eucalyptus plantations introductions may have negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems’ stability. In order to precisely and promptly [...] Read more.
Short-rotation eucalyptus plantations play a key positive role in the forestry economy due to their fast-growing and high-yielding properties. However, some studies have suggested that eucalyptus plantations introductions may have negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems’ stability. In order to precisely and promptly determine the influence of eucalyptus plantations on soil characteristics and hydrological processes, based on the rotation change rules of eucalyptus plantations, this study combined the continuous change detection and classification and spectral mixture analysis (CCDC-SMA) algorithm and the random forest (RF) algorithm to map the distribution and stand age of short-rotation eucalyptus plantations in Hainan Island. First, the forest distribution map was used to mask out the rubber plantations, and forest disturbances were extracted through the CCDC-SMA algorithm to determine the potential short-rotation eucalyptus plantations distribution. Second, using CCDC-SMA algorithm fitting coefficients, field surveys, original spectral bands, vegetation indices, and digital elevation models (DEM) as inputs to the RF algorithm, short-rotation eucalyptus plantations distribution maps were created and evaluated based on Google Earth images. Finally, the stand age of the newly mapped short-rotation eucalyptus plantations was estimated based on the breakpoints of the CCDC-SMA algorithm. The results showed that the producer, user, and overall accuracies of the 2022 short-rotation eucalyptus plantations map were estimated at 0.95, 0.95, and 0.94, respectively, and the validation R2 of the estimated stand ages was at 0.97. The eucalyptus plantations in Hainan Island had a total area of roughly 9.93 × 104 ha in 2022. Danzhou City had the highest planting area of eucalyptus plantations, followed by Changjiang County, Chengmai County, and Lingao County. It was worth noting that the eucalyptus plantations were mostly located in places with low altitudes (<200 m) and flat slopes (<10°). Approximately 43.91% of eucalyptus plantations were located in the three major watersheds. In addition, the 1-year-old eucalyptus plantations accounted for the highest areal percentage of 30.58%. These datasets are valuable tools to aid sustainable production, ecological assessment, and conservation of eucalyptus plantations. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Ecosystem Services: Modelling, Mapping and Valuing)
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