Special Issue "Global Vegetation and Land Surface Dynamics in a Changing Climate"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019) | Viewed by 27937
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: impacts of climate variability and change on ecosystems; land-cover land-use change; remote sensing; GIS
Changes in vegetation biomass have multiple drivers, including natural ecosystem variability, climate changes, and anthropogenic activities. Historically, clearing of native ecosystems for agriculture has dominated vegetation transitions, but there is growing evidence of ecosystem change in response to altered rainfall and climate regimes, seasonality, CO2 fertilization effects, and infrastructure development related to urbanization. Many ecosystems and environments around the globe are currently also “coupled natural–human systems”, displaying responses to both biophysical and socio-economic drivers simultaneously. Future climate changes and intensifying land management will bring additional, interactive changes to natural and managed ecosystems. Managing these systems requires improved understanding of the multi-scale drivers of regional and global vegetation dynamics, the mechanisms by which they operate, and how they have and will change over time and under various scenarios of future change.
Land announces a Special Issue dedicated to studies from diverse perspectives, including observed, empirical, and process-based modeling approaches. Research papers are expected to examine vegetation trends and identify the critical scales, mechanisms, and feedbacks driving vegetation and land surface dynamics in a changing climate. The Special Issue will emphasize emerging trends, vegetation responses to ecosystem change, and outstanding uncertainties to direct future data collection efforts and model development.
High-quality contributions covering the topic areas listed below are solicited for the Special Issue:
- Remotely sensed indicators (derived from multi-scale satellite data and/or UAV) for elucidating vegetation dynamics in natural or managed landscapes
- Methods using modeling tools (using dynamic ecosystem models, Earth System Models, global climate models, etc.) to understand ecosystem dynamics and responses to climate forcings and global environmental change
- Interactions between human and natural ecosystems in a changing climate
- Regionally-focused assessments of ecosystem functionality, “health” (e.g., resilience), and their teleconnections and remote effects
Dr. Sonali Shukla McDermid
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- vegetation-climate interactions
- human-environment interactions
- ecosystem dynamics
- vegetation health
- climate forcings
- remote sensing
- process-based models