Special Issue "Bark Beetle and Climate Change Influencing Forest Dynamics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2022 | Viewed by 136

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Karel Matejka
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Guest Editor
IDS (Information and Data Systems), Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: vegetation; climate; forest dynamics; succession; modelling; data processing; GIS
Dr. Petr Doležal
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Guest Editor
Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Interests: insect ecophysiology; forest entomology; pest management; applied entomology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

The average air temperature in Central Europe has been increasing at a rate of approximately 0.3 ° C in the 10 years since 1961. In the months of the growing season (May to August), a similar increase was even more pronounced: 0.4 °C in 10 years. This change is associated with an increase in evaporation and evapotranspiration, which ultimately leads to more frequent dry episodes, the cause of significant physiological stress in Norway spruce (Picea abies). Due to this climate stress, the stands are more susceptible to bark beetle attack, mainly from the spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus. A recent outbreak resulted in the dieback of Norway spruce on a large scale and enormous clearcuts visible in both natural protected areas and production forests. The question arises: how shall we deal with influenced forests in the near future?

We would like to announce this Special Issue of the journal Forests, which will concentrate on various aspects in the climate–pest dynamics–forest (ecosystem) dynamics chain, with a focus on climate dynamics and the effect on bark beetle outbreaks, and with special regard to mathematical modelling. Studies on related topics are also welcome. A similar situation to that in Central Europe (with Ips typographus) is known around the Northern hemisphere with another species of bark beetle; papers concerning this other species are also welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate dynamics and their influence on bark beetle outbreaks;
  • Norway spruce (and other tree species) climate stress;
  • Population dynamics of bark beetles;
  • Modelling of the population dynamics of bark beetles;
  • Forest stand disturbances caused by bark beetles;
  • Regeneration and reforestation after bark beetle outbreaks.

Dr. Karel Matejka
Dr. Petr Doležal
Guest Editors

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  • bark beetles
  • modelling
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • climate stress
  • outbreaks
  • reforestation

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