Modeling Nutrient, Carbon and Water Dynamics of Tropical Forests Under Global Environmental Changes: New Patterns and Mechanisms

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019)

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CAVElab-Computational & Applied Vegetation Ecology, Department of Environment, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Interests: carbon cycling; forests; ecosystem modelling
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CAVElab - Computational & Applied Vegetation Ecology, Department of Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: vegetation modelling; belowground competition for water; liana and tropical tree ecology and physiology; plant hydraulic traits and ecosystem resilience in drought conditions

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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Interests: forest ecology and forest modelling; carbon cycle and disturbances in forest ecosystems; linking remote sensing and ecological modelling; the impact of climate change and land use change on ecosystem services; tropical forest fragmentation and their consequences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tropical forests are an essential component of the Earth system, contributing largely to the global carbon, nutrient and water cycles. These ecosystems are currently confronted to important environmental changes including, but not limited to, CO2 fertilization, rainfall perturbations, global warming, increased disturbances and drought that are likely to perturb the vegetation demography and hence the role these ecosystems play in the the global cycles. While local forest observations and experiments may highlight the drivers of tropical forest changes, they suffer from several limitations that modeling could help overcome. First, short-term experiments might result in different functioning than long-term outcomes would reveal. Secondly, chronic changes (steadily increase of CO2 concentration for example) could generate different reactions as compared to step-changes in conditions. Finally, the effort required to collect data exponentially increases as combinations of scenarios are considered. Furthermore, nonlinear relationships power the scaling from plant organs and individuals to forest stands which makes functional trait observation particularly tedious as it has to span different spatial scales.

For these reasons, process-based vegetation models are important tools to unravel future spatio-temporal patterns of nutrient, water and carbon fluxes of Tropical forests. They indeed can be tested over long periods of time on a almost unlimited number of forcing data that might include smooth and abrupt changes. Actually, the only limit to the total amount of simulations is the imagination (and sometimes time or computational resources).

This special issue welcomes contributions related to novel insights on patterns, drivers and mechanisms governing future forest nutrient, carbon and water dynamics from local to global scales, as revealed by vegetation models tested under different climatic scenarios.

Prof. Dr. Hans Verbeeck
Dr. Felicien Meunier
Dr. Rico Fischer
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  • Modeling
  • Nutrient, Carbon and Water dynamics
  • Tropical forests
  • global environmental changes

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