Special Issue "Growth and Ecosystem Services of Urban Trees"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Inventory, Quantitative Methods and Remote Sensing".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Dr. Thomas Rötzer
Technical University of Munich, Research Department of Ecology & Ecosystem Management, Chair for Forest Growth and Yield Science, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, D-85354 Freising, Germany
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Interests: Forest stand growth dynamics, Process based growth models for trees and forests, Urban forestry, Urban tree growth and ecosystem services, Climate change and tree growth, Influence of drought on tree and forest stand growth
The studies of Kauppi et al. (2014), Fang et al. (2014), and Pretzsch et al. (2014) indicate an accelerated growth of forest trees, induced by ongoing climate change. Similar trends were recently found for urban trees in major cities worldwide.
Numerous studies can be found that demonstrate the substantial effects of climate change and the urban heat island effect (UHI) on plant growth. The combining effects of increasing temperatures, changed precipitation patterns, and extended growing season lengths in addition with increasing N-deposition and higher CO2 concentrations can increase but also reduce plant growth. Closely related to this, the multiple functions and services provided by urban trees may be modified.
Urban trees generate numerous ecosystem services, including carbon storage, mitigation of the heat island effect, reduction of rainwater runoff, pollutant filtering, recreation effects, shading, and cooling. Those ecosystem services are often closely associated with the species, structure, age and size of the tree as well as with a tree’s vitality. Therefore, greening cities and particularly planting trees seem to be an effective option to mitigate climate change and the UHI.
The focus of this Special Issue is to underline the importance of trees as part of the urban green for major cities in all climate zones. We encourage topics on empirical as well as on modelling studies of urban tree growth and their services and disservices in cities worldwide. Submissions on subjects concerning the magnitudes, patterns and the processes of microclimatic regulation through urban trees are welcome. Topics for manuscripts may further include:
Dynamics, structure and functions of urban tree growth,
Influence of climate and climate change on urban tree growth, urban species composition, carbon storage, and biodiversity,
Ways to improve the quality of life, conservation of biodiversity, adaptation and mitigation to climate change in major cities by urban trees
Quantifying urban tree growth, ecosystem services and disservices in major city worldwide.
Dr. Thomas Rötzer
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- urban tree growth
- ecosystem services
- urban heat island effect
- climate change
- carbon storage
- evapotranspirational cooling