Special Issue "Forest Landscape Ecology: Linking Past, Present, and Future Data"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Professor Matteo Garbarino
Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA), University of Torino, Grugliasco, TO, Italy
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Interests: landscape ecology, forest ecology, and disturbance ecology; dynamics at stand and landscape scales resulting after natural and anthropogenic disturbances; effects of land use and climate change on the structure of forest landscapes Summary
Forest landscapes are dynamic and complex systems, influenced by natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Historical data derived from different sources can be used to understand the role of disturbance regimes in shaping the structure of forest landscapes. Landscape ecology aims at measuring the reciprocal effects of ecological processes, such as successions and disturbances on landscape patterns.
After millennia of moderate landscape changes, we are observing an acceleration in the rate of alterations due to an increased impact of human activities through land use and climate changes. These changes strongly affect patterns and processes in forest ecosystems altering their disturbance regimes. For these reasons, it is of crucial importance to increase our awareness of landscape dynamics to improve the management of forest landscapes.
Landscape ecology is typically multidisciplinary and multiscale, as it takes advantage of the spatial component of landscape elements. The increase of free geospatial data and the increased computational power of hardware and GIS software makes nowadays the analysis of forest dynamics at landscape scale easier that in the recent past.
With this Special Issue, we seek studies from all fields, including modeling and experimental research, focused on landscape dynamics and integrating field, remote sensing, and historical data at multiple spatio-temporal scales.
Prof. Dr. Matteo Garbarino
Manuscript Submission Information
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- landscape change
- forest structure
- forest disturbances
- forest landscape management
- historical ecology
- applied remote sensing and GIS
- spatial statistics