Special Issue "Treeline Ecotone Dynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2017)
Alpine and arctic treelines are thermally-influenced boundaries between forested communities and more cold-tolerant, non-arboreal vegetation. Treeline research has been advancing rapidly, motivated in part by the need to predict land surface feedbacks to regional and global climate change, water resources, and impacts of environmental change on high latitude and high elevation ecosystems. Concern about loss of mountain biodiversity under global warming makes treeline a worldwide focus for regime shifts. Treeline ecotones are structured by complex interactions among vegetation, soils, climate, snow, topography, and disturbance regimes. They are assumed to be sensitive to climate change, but decadal to millennial responses are complex, with poorly understood lags and feedbacks. This issue seeks contributions to improve basic understanding of treeline dynamics under conditions of climate change, focusing on the role of ecological and systems theory to interpret ecotone processes, including seedling establishment and recruitment, demography and population ecology, mature forest growth responses, and interactions of treeline ecotones to disturbance and climate variability. Additionally invited are manuscripts that elaborate implications for biodiversity conservation and resource adaptation under changing climates. Submissions are encouraged that reflect treeline studies from mountain and arctic regions worldwide, with the objective to bridge the historic divide between arctic and alpine treeline research communities.
Dr. Constance Millar
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Climate change
- Climate adaptation
- Mountain ecosystems
- Arctic ecosystems
- Spatial phase transitions
- Gradient analysis