Special Issue "Understanding the Vulnerability and Resiliency of Forest Ecosystems to Wildfire"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2023) | Viewed by 329

Special Issue Editors

Agricultural and Forest Science and Technology, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Higher Technical School of Agricultural and Forest Engineering, 02071 Albacete, Spain
Interests: biomass and productivity in coniferous forests and Juniper woodlands; C cycle; adaptive forest management; sustainable management; forest resilience and climate change; forest fires and regeneration; soil quality for sustainability of forest management; dendrochronology; energy crops: evaluation and yield tables
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Department of Forestry Sciences and Landscape Architecture (CIFAP), University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal Forest Research Centre (CEF), School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: silviculture; forest management, biometrics; forest inventory; data science
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the scenario of climate change, the impacts on ecosystems have significantly increased. In the context of forest ecosystems, climate change appears to be the key factor in increasing the risk, severity, and extent of wildfires. Changes in climate are expected to create warmer, drier conditions, which increase the vulnerability of forest to wildfire. Forest fires will be more frequent and intense, also affecting the resistance (immediate response) and resilience of forests, influencing their structure and processes.

Consequently, studies focusing on vulnerability and resilience of forest ecosystems to wildfire are currently leading topics in research. Vulnerability is defined as an estimate of the inability of the ecosystem to tolerate impacts (susceptibility to exposure and immediate response capacity). Ecological resilience is the capacity of the ecosystem to recover structure and processes after disturbance. However, new adaptive and transformative resilience approaches also promote the creation of new forest systems when returning to pre-fire conditions is unlikely or unsustainable. Vulnerability and resilience analysis provide a first understanding of the pre-fire state and post-fire dynamics, but it is also necessary to analyze and develop appropriate management tools (pre-fire and post-fire forest management) to reduce forest vulnerability to fire and promote new resilience (adaptive or transformative) to ensure the maintenance of forest resources and processes.

Forest management tools that affect forest responses and post-fire dynamics include forest planning, silvicultural practices such as thinning (including biomass management and fuel models) or clearing shrubs, control of species density, prescribed burning, or post-fire forest restoration (vegetation and soils). These tools may be included in the studies on vulnerability and resilience of forest to fire in the current climate change scenario.

Prof. Dr. Francisco Antonio García-Morote
Dr. Teresa Fidalgo Fonseca
Guest Editors

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  • indicators of forest vulnerability and resilience to wildfire
  • post-fire vegetation dynamics
  • forest plannings and land use
  • silvicultural treatments and adaptive forest management
  • post-fire management and forest restoration
  • processes in burned forests: C cycle, hydrology, soil erosion and conservation
  • models that address the impact of wildfire on forest dynamics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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