Special Issue "How Compounding Disturbances Affect Forest Dynamics: Implications for Ecosystem Functioning in a Changing World"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2019
Dr. Craig R. Nitschke
School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Blvd Richmond Vic, 3121, Australia
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Interests: biodiversity; sustainability; conservation; ecology; climate change; biodiversity and conservation; forest ecology; sustainability management; forest management
The cumulative effects of disturbance on stand and landscape dynamics can have long-term implications on forest composition and structure. Disturbance-mediated shifts in developmental pathways could have significant impacts on ecosystem function. Recent climate change has already caused a shift in natural disturbance regimes with increased drought-related forest mortality, increased wildfires and increases in forest insects and diseases epidemics. Future climate change is expected to cause further change in disturbance regimes and facilitate shifts in forest composition and structure. In this Special Issue we explore the role of compounding disturbances events (i.e., allogenic and/or biogenic processes) on forest dynamics (i.e., autogenic processes) and function. We will explore the role of scale through the consideration of the impacts of cumulative disturbance on both stand and landscape structure and functioning. Papers submitted must highlighted the cumulative effects (i.e., additive, antagonistic, or synergistic) of disturbance over time and within the same space. In this issue space can represent the stand, patch and/ or landscape-level. Disturbances can be represented by climate (drought, heatwaves, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons, flooding, wind, frosts, snow), wildfire, insects, diseases, invasive species, and forest management (timber harvesting, planned burning, fire suppression, conservation). The objective of this issue is to provide a compendium of papers that scientifically assess the impacts of past, present and/or future compounding disturbances on forest structure, composition and functioning in a manner that can inform decision makers about the implications of future disturbance-mediated changes to forest ecosystems.
Dr. Craig R. Nitschke
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.
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