Special Issue "Global Forest Health and Climate Change: Social, Economic and Environmental Implications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Julie Urquhart
Guest Editor
Countryside & Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4AZ, UK
Interests: Human dimensions of forest health; Plant biosecurity; Climate change in forest management
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Dr. Mariella Marzano
Guest Editor
Social and Economic Research Group, Forest Research, Northern Research Station, Roslin, EH25 9SY, Scotland, UK
Interests: Tree and plant biosecurity; Stakeholder engagement
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Globally, forest and trees are increasingly affected by climate change, such as increased temperatures, changes in precipitation, and the frequency of extreme weather events. These changes are having significant impacts on global forest health and the ecosystem services they provide due to longer growing seasons, shifts in the range of invasive pests and diseases and more frequent forest fires. Alongside this, increased global trade and human movement have enabled tree pests and pathogens to colonise new regions, causing extensive damage to nature and society. At the same time, native trees and forests may be under considerable stress due to higher temperatures, and the interactions between climate change and globalisation are likely to have cumulative impacts on forest health with severe implications for our environment, economy and society. This Special Issue aims to highlight the complex interrelationships between climate, globalisation, forests and forest health, as well as approaches to advance understanding and inform on best practice in mitigating or adapting to the impacts. We encourage the submission of both empirical and theoretical papers from environmental, economic and social sciences that present new evidence or illustrate the possibilities and challenges of managing and limiting the impacts of increasing risks to forest heath. Papers adopting interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.

Dr. Julie Urquhart
Dr. Mariella Marzano
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • forest health
  • climate change
  • globalisation
  • risk
  • tree pests
  • tree disease

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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