Special Issue "The Long-Term Perspective of Human Impact on Landscape for Environmental Change and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Mercuri
Dr. Assunta Florenzano
Laboratorio di Palinologia e Paleobotanica, Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Viale Caduti in Guerra 127 – 41121 Modena, Italy
Interests: palynology; archaeological sites; pastoralism; cultural heritage; southern Italy
The knowledge of past environmental history strongly contributes to conscious and efficient environment conservation and management. Therefore, the long-term perspective of the dynamics which govern the human-climate ecosystem is becoming one of the main focuses of paramount interest in biological and earth system sciences. Modern biodiversity is the result of the long-term shaping that humans and climate made on vegetation, soils and landforms. Climate change and human impact are predicted to become significant risks to lose biodiversity.
Multidisciplinary bio-geo-archaeo investigations on the underlying processes of human impact on landscape are crucial to allow us to envisage possible future scenarios of biosphere responses to global warming and biodiversity losses. In particular, palaeoecology and ecology jointly facilitate the understanding of the effects of human impact on ecosystems answering to how plant species have reacted and still react to global changes. Palynology is among the best tools to study high-resolution sequences formed under natural and anthropic (cultural) forces.
This Special Issue seeks to engage an interdisciplinary dialogue on the dynamic interactions between nature and society, focussing on long-term environmental data as essential tool to better-informed landscape management decisions to gain an equilibrium between conservation and sustainable resources exploitation. Studies on environment, global change, archaeobotany, conservation, cultural landscape and human impact, with special focus on the research carried out by botanists in the different fields, are particularly encouraged.Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Mercuri
Dr. Assunta Florenzano
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- Land use change
- Landscape transformation
- Climate change
- Terrestrial Ecology
- Restoration planning
- Environmental Sustainability