Special Issue "Forest Ecosystem Restoration on Postindustrial Sites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2021.
Interests: forest ecology; restoration ecology; soil-plant relationships; nutrient cycling; carbon sequestration
Although many activities of reduction of the fossil fuels used in the world economy are conducted because of carbon dioxide emission, in many countries, coal and oil still play a key role in the energy mix. Additionally, the mining of minerals and metals has an undiscussed role in processes and civilization development. Mining strongly influences the earth’s surface, landscape, and hydrological and biological condition disturbance. Additionally, large portions of post-mining sites are reforested because forest restoration establishes a long-term sustainable ecosystem which ensures landscape and environmental profits. Reforestation, as well, is potentially the most beneficial reclamation measure, as it partially mitigates lost biodiversity, soil disturbance, and ecosystem functions. Thus, forest restoration is of significant interest and meets current global needs. As we know, ecosystem restoration is a process that involves restoring as completely as possible a mined area back to the native biological system that was previously in place, and the recreation of bioecological conditions in which the exchange between the soil, the plants, and biota is dynamic. Expanding the above-discussed ecological restoration, it may be assumed that the multidirectional research about the influence of reclamation procedure, climate, and geological conditions and the criteria of its effects are the key issues. Taking into account the above scientific questions and the need to obtain results from the latest international expert research, we would like to devote a Special Edition of Forests to these issues. The results of the latest research in this field have to include the assessment of, among others, biodiversity, tree growth and biomass rate, soil process development, soil biota, carbon sequestration rate, nutrients circulations, and more. I hope that our discussion can lead to the formulation of the most important conclusions for the future of ecological restoration.
Prof. Dr. Marcin Pietrzykowski
Manuscript Submission Information
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- post-mining sites
- ecological assessment
- mine soil
- tree stands
- nutrient cycling