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Special Issue "Groundwater and Water Use Efficiency of Mixed-Species Forests"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Richard Silberstein

Centre for Ecosystem Management, School of Science, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, Western Australia
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Interests: hydrology; ecohydrology; catchment modelling; vegetation-water-energy interactions; eddy covariance; atmospheric fluxes; energy-water balance; hydrology non-stationarity; carbon-water balance; catchment biophysical modelling; plant-soil-water interactions
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ray Froend

Centre for Ecosystem Management, School of Science, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
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Interests: plant ecology; groundwater-dependent ecosystems; geohydrology; phreatophytes; wetland ecology
Guest Editor
Dr. Donald White

School of Forestry, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For this Special Issue we are seeking excellent papers on the water use efficiency (WUE) of mixed-species forests. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the effect of access to groundwater on the WUE of trees and forests and how WUE changes with variation in depth to groundwater caused either by natural fluctuations in recharge or anthropogenically driven changes. How is the carbon assimilation–transpiration relationship affected and how does the WUE relationship to environmental drivers change as groundwater availability changes on a seasonal or interannual basis? Are there long-term trends in WUE linked to changes in groundwater availability due to global change processes? Further, how are these forests adapting? What are the trade-offs in productivity and water use made by natural systems to retain resilience against extreme climatic and other threats, such as fire and disease?

Water use efficiency by commercial single-species plantations has been widely studied, usually with the aim of maximising the growth per unit water used by the forest. The definition of “water use” varies between studies, from physiological, as transpiration, to hydrological, as total evaporation from a catchment or other landscape unit, and the growth measured against this ranges from carbon uptake at the leaf scale to total biomass accumulation at the forest or landscape scale. The aim this issue is to increase our understanding of the role of groundwater in regulating the connection between growth and water use in natural forests and thus promote effective forest management strategies to conserve the ecosystem services they provide.

Prof. Dr. Richard Silberstein
Prof. Dr. Ray Froend
Dr. Donald White
Guest Editors

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.


  • water use efficiency
  • groundwater
  • soil water
  • global change
  • climate change
  • carbon-water balance
  • transpiration
  • carbon assimilation

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