Special Issue "Mountain Treelines: Tree Growth and Plant Ecology under Climate Change"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sonja Vospernik
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Guest Editor
Institute of Forest Growth, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Interests: forest growth at low-elevation and mountainous sites; dendrometer and year-ring analysis; forest growth modelling and forest growth and yield prediction for different management scenarios; forest mensuration
Prof. Dr. Klaus Katzensteiner
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Guest Editor
Institute of Forest Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
Interests: forest ecology; forest soils and forest nutrition; biogeochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tree growth at the Alpine tree line is mainly restricted by temperature, and life forms are adapted to the cold environment. Plants stay small and close to the ground, where temperatures are more favorable. The presence of trees is strongly related to the micro-environment and also largely influenced by disturbances. Warming rates observed in the Alps and in other mountain regions are higher than the global mean and most likely correlate with elevation. Warming and decreasing duration of snow cover cause shifts in tree species composition and distribution patterns, densification of forests, and increasing plant growth. Nevertheless, responses in Alpine environment are often reported to be slow. Is the increase in changes rate so fast that species will become extinct? Are growth increases substantial ,and can high elevation forest compensate for forest losses at lower elevations or are climate change rates too fast? What are the effects of shifting vegetation patterns on microclimate, soil processes and plant soil interaction (e.g. soil moisture, temperature soil carbon and nutrient cycling)?

The Special Issue aims at covering the state of the art in forest and tree growth response to climate change at the Alpine tree line, including shifts in vegetation patterns and plant soil interactions. Research articles and well-funded review articles on the topic are welcome.

Dr. Sonja Vospernik
Prof. Dr. Klaus Katzensteiner
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • climate change
  • tree growth
  • tree rings
  • dendrometers
  • tree species shifts
  • spatial vegetation patterns

Published Papers

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