Special Issue "The Impact of Climate Change on Forest Development: Causes, Consequences and Evolution"

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

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MED - Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal
Interests: ecological restoration; nature-based solutions for agricultural lands
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MED – Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development & CHANGE – Global Change and Sustainability Institute, Department of Landscape, Environment and Planning, School of Science and Technology, University of Evora, Pólo da Mitra, Ap. 94, 7006-554 Évora, Portugal
Interests: flora; geobotany; management of natural plant heritage; natural and seminatural habitats; vegetation
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1. ICAAM—Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas, Pólo da Mitra, Universidade de Évora, 7006-554 Évora, Portugal
2. Departamento de Fitotecnia, Pólo da Mitra, Universidade de Évora, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal
Interests: mathematical modeling of tree growth and the construction of spatially explicit growth models; development of computer applications of the mentioned growth models; development of decision support models applied to the sustainable management of forest stands
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world is facing what willmost likely be the greatest challenge humanity has ever known. Climate change is a phenomenon, or rather a set of phenomena, that directly influence the daily lives of human populations all over the planet. However, this normally negative influence also affects ecosystems, with an emphasis on agroforestry systems, of which human populations are directly dependent on for food and a large number of primary raw materials. It is with this premise as a starting point that this Special Issue will analyze the current state of climate change in forest ecosystems, analyzing the causes, and its impacts, consequences, and evolution.

Dr. Leonel Jorge Ribeiro Nunes
Dr. Catarina Isabel Rodrigues Meireles
Prof. Dr. Carlos José Pinto Gomes
Prof. Dr. Nuno Manuel Cabral de Almeida Ribeiro
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  • climate change
  • forest management
  • forest development
  • ecosystems
  • impact assessment

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Historical Development of the Portuguese Forest: The Introduction of Invasive Species
Forests 2019, 10(11), 974; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10110974 - 04 Nov 2019
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Portugal is a country with a territorial dimension of approximately 90,000 km2. However, the forest occupies a prominent position, since it represents about 35% of the total area of the country. Portuguese people always had a very close connection with the [...] Read more.
Portugal is a country with a territorial dimension of approximately 90,000 km2. However, the forest occupies a prominent position, since it represents about 35% of the total area of the country. Portuguese people always had a very close connection with the forest, which has provided the necessary resources for the development of its communities. The geological substratum of continental Portugal is very old and may therefore have witnessed the evolution of its plants, from the early beginning to the present time, as well as all sort of historical and environmental landmarks such as glacial periods or mass extinctions. Also, from the perspective of human occupation, Portuguese territory was crossed by hunter-gatherer populations who, initially, were constantly moving and looking for sustenance, but at a later stage, chose to settle. This relationship between human populations and the forest is, thus, very old and demonstrates the interdependence between the subsistence of the populations and the resources exploitation. Currently, the main national economic groups are based on forest industries, which depend directly on the exploitation of the three dominant species, Eucalyptus globulus Labill., Pinus pinaster Aiton and Quercus suber L., demonstrating the human role in the development of the forest, motivated by the satisfaction of its needs. This work reviews the historical development of the forest in mainland Portugal, from geological times to the present, including the arrival of exotic species that later acquired invasive behaviors and now occupy significant areas of the national territory. Full article
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