Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Forest Growth in a Changing Climate"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: remote sensing; biogeochemical cycles; climate change; forest ecology; ecosystems functioning; carbon balance; plant traits
Most of the scientific literature agrees with the observation that forest biomass has been increasing in the last few decades, with higher growth rates than expected. Even if the increased growth rates strongly differ among forest types, age classes, and geographical regions, this pattern was measured in many different forest ecosystems, and it seems to be synchronized in different biomes at broad spatial scales. Increased growth rates have been attributed to climate change, but there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding the drivers of such changes.
Several climatic drivers have been explored (i.e., temperature, carbon dioxide, radiation, nitrogen deposition) and multiple-sometimes contrasting- mechanisms (i.e., increase of growing season, more efficient use of water, increase of diffuse radiation, fertilization effect, changes in plant phenology) have been proposed to explain this phenomenon. Furthermore, changes in land use and structure within different forest types have also been demonstrated to strongly influence forest dynamics and growth. Remote sensing data, when combined with high temporal resolution (i.e., Fluxnet) or wide spatial cover in situ observations (national forest inventories, EU-Forest) can provide new insights to investigate this aspect. This Special Issue on "Remote Sensing of Forest Growth in a Changing Climate" calls for manuscripts that demonstrate successful combinations of field and remote-sensing data on forcing and feedbacks between climate changes and forest growth. All types of original research contributions will be considered, including analyses at all temporal and spatial scales, making use of both empirical and biogeochemical models supported by remote sensing data.
Dr. Damiano Gianelle
Manuscript Submission Information
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- forest growth
- climate change
- forcing and feedbacks between climate changes and forest ecology
- biogeochemical models
- temporal and spatial scales