Special Issue "Desert Ecosystems and Landscapes: Structure, Functioning and Threats"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2023 | Viewed by 6541
2. Eilat Campus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Hatmarim Blv, 8855630 Eilat, Israel
Interests: plant ecology; desert ecosystems
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A key characteristic of desert ecosystems and landscapes is adaptations to aridity and other associated stresses, from the organismal to the landscape scale. The challenge of conserving desert ecosystems and landscapes while satisfying humanity’s increasing demand for land and food is pivotal in many countries experiencing an expansion of human activities into deserts or desertification. Resolving this conflict calls for a deeper understanding of how desert ecosystems and landscapes are structured, how they function, and of the threats they face – but no less also in integrating knowledge of these three issues.
This Special Issue explores novel multi-, inter- and supra-disciplinary approaches into the study of desert ecosystems and landscapes. It focuses on understanding the structure and functioning of desert ecosystems and landscapes – preferably from an ecological perspective – to predict and mitigate the natural and human-made changes these ecosystems and landscapes may undergo in the foreseen future. Ideally, manuscripts will address at least two of the following three themes:
- Structure: Physical structure, community assembly, food webs, connectivity, biodiversity, etc.
- Functioning: Biogeochemical cycles, feedback networks, productivity, ecosystem services, etc.
- Threats: Climate change, desertification, disturbances, land-use changes, conservation, etc.
Manuscripts that discuss the consequences of desertification are also acceptable if they have a strong emphasis on understanding desert (rather than non-desert) ecosystems and landscapes. Manuscripts that deal primarily with physiology, animal behavior, planning or policy are acceptable only if they demonstrate innate and clear analyses of the structure and/or functioning of desert ecosystems and landscapes.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Ofir Katz
Manuscript Submission Information
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- ecosystem functioning
- ecosystem services
- climate change
- land-use change