Special Issue "Post-Disturbance Forest Management and Regeneration Dynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2017).
Interests: Forest ecology and management; Disturbance ecology; Post-disturbance vegetation dynamics; Spatial analysis; LiDAR data and UAV applications in forestry
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Natural disturbances have been shaping species composition and the spatial pattern of vegetation cover in forest ecosystems for millennia, being among the main drivers of stand dynamics and forest succession. However, many stands are of anthropogenic origin or have been deeply affected by forest management, and the impact of high severity disturbances can lead to undesirable successional pathways. Furthermore, in many regions, disturbance regimes have already undergone considerable changes, in particular through an increase in frequency, size, and severity, strictly related to climate and land use changes.
Emerging critical issues related to current and foreseen alterations in disturbance regimes call for a better understanding of both regeneration dynamics following intermediate or high severity events and the impact of post-disturbance management practices on forest recovery. This advance in knowledge will prove fundamental prior to choosing between the need to actively undertake forest restoration or a passive management approach.
We encourage studies from all fields, including experimental and multidisciplinary investigations, focusing on post-disturbance regeneration dynamics, and management interventions, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge on forest ecosystems affected by natural disturbances, and to implement sustainable forest management, aiming at increasing forest resilience and securing their fundamental ecosystem services and inherent biodiversity.
Prof. Dr. Emanuele Lingua
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.
- Natural Disturbances
- Forest restoration
- Regeneration dynamics
- Forest Management
- Facilitation mechanisms
- Deadwood management
- Post-disturbance management