Special Issue "Coarse Woody Debris of Forests in a Changing World"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2017)
Coarse woody debris (CWD) plays an important role in forests by providing habitats for animals, plants, insects, and microbes, contributing to carbon and nutrient cycling, and forming micro-geomorphology. Even though there are numerous studies on CWD, our knowledge is still quite limited in terms of distribution, function, and decomposition of CWD. First, quantifying CWD at different temporal and spatial scales is necessary, especially differences among physical characteristics, including topography, stand structures, and successional stages of forests and factors influencing temporal and spatial variations in CWD should be determined. Second, the role of CWD in carbon and nutrient cycling needs to be clarified. Carbon storage in CWD to climate change is being examined not only in scientific aspects but also in socio-economic aspects. In addition, cycling nitrogen and other nutrients through CWD is important for newly-germinated seedlings and existing plants. Third, the processes of CWD decomposition including leaching, fragmentation, respiration and biological and physical transformation should be examined and biotic and abiotic factors influencing those processes should be determined. Especially, the effects of termites on CWD decomposition could be more focused on, as termites expand rapidly geographically.
Dr. Yowhan Son
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- Carbon and Nutrients
- Climate Change
- Coarse Woody Debris
- Temporal and Spatial Variations