Special Issue "Sustainable Forest Management to Address Climate Change and Forest Disturbances"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Steve Chhin
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Guest Editor
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 26505, USA
Interests: sustainable forest management; climate change; disturbances; forest health; silviculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The sustainability of forest ecosystems in the 21st century will be threatened by the direct effects of climate change. Climate change is also expected to increase the incidences and severity of disturbance agents such as fire, insect pests, and fungal pathogens. It is essential to address these environmental challenges in a proactive manner by identifying effective forest management approaches that promote resiliency to environmental change. This Special Issue welcomes studies that consider biophysical, social, economic, or interdisciplinary perspectives of forest sustainability to address the management challenges posed by climate change and forest disturbances. In particular, this Special Issue will include papers that examine one or more of the following general themes of sustainable forest management: mitigation of climate change and inventories of forest carbon sequestration; historical impact of climate on forest productivity; maintenance of forest ecosystem health; adaptive forest management; conservation of forest diversity; forest optimization and other decision making frameworks; forecasting forest productivity under different emission scenarios of climate change; and development and utilization of bioenergy or forest products derived from forests impacted by climate change and disturbances. This Special Issue is also open to studies that consider sustainable forest management at any spatial (e.g., state/provincial, national, or international level) or temporal scale (e.g., decade or century).

Dr. Steve Chhin
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • adaptive forest management
  • carbon sequestration
  • climate change
  • climate mitigation
  • decision making
  • forest disturbances
  • forest diversity
  • forest health
  • forest management
  • forest optimization
  • forest productivity

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Projecting Climate Change Potential of Harvested Wood Products under Different Scenarios of Wood Production and Utilization: Study of Slovakia
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2510; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062510 - 23 Mar 2020
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The forestry and forest-based sector play a significant role in climate change mitigation strategies and can contribute to the achievement of a climate-neutral economy. In this context, the ability of harvested wood products (HWP) to sequester carbon is of significant importance. The objective [...] Read more.
The forestry and forest-based sector play a significant role in climate change mitigation strategies and can contribute to the achievement of a climate-neutral economy. In this context, the ability of harvested wood products (HWP) to sequester carbon is of significant importance. The objective of this work is to make a projection of climate change mitigation potential of HWP, under different scenarios of wood utilization in Slovakia. This study builds on the comparison of different scenarios of industrial wood utilization till 2035 and presents the resulting impacts on the national carbon balance. The results suggest that the development of timber supplies after 2020 in Slovakia will be influenced, in particular, by the future changes in the age distribution and tree species composition as well as the extent of future accidental felling. Consequently, a predicted structure and availability of wood resources in Slovakia will be reflected in a higher share of the production of products with shorter life cycle and thus will negatively affect the carbon pool in HWP. By comparing the results of the four designed scenarios, it follows that the scenario with the greatest mitigation potential, is the one assuming the optimal use of wood assortments and limitation of industrial roundwood foreign trade. Full article
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Climate Change and Vegetation Evolution during the Transition from Marine Isotope Stage 5 to 4 Based on Two Typical Profiles at the Southern Chinese Loess Plateau
Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1372; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041372 - 13 Feb 2020
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The geological transitional period from the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5 to 4 during the Quaternary period is a multidimensional change involving monsoon and precipitation variation, vegetation dynamics, and environmental evolution. The first loess layer (L1) and the first paleosol layer (S1) in [...] Read more.
The geological transitional period from the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5 to 4 during the Quaternary period is a multidimensional change involving monsoon and precipitation variation, vegetation dynamics, and environmental evolution. The first loess layer (L1) and the first paleosol layer (S1) in the Chines Loess Plateau provide excellent high-resolution terrestrial sediment record for this transition. In this work, grain size (GS), CaCO3 content, magnetic susceptibility (MS), and pollen composition were measured at intervals of 2-cm in two representative L1/S1 profiles in the southern Chinese Loess Plateau to reconstruct records of climatic and vegetative changes during this transition. Our results showed that, in general, the paleo-vegetation type was forest-steppe, with Pinus being the commonest tree, and Chenopodiaceae and Artemisia being common herbs in the study area. The topography had a significant impact on the distribution of paleo-vegetation. The increase of coarse particles, the decrease of magnetic susceptibility, and the rising percentage of Gramineae, Artemisia and Chenopodiaceae pollen, all indicated that the paleoclimate became cooler and drier over the transitional period. Besides, we identified a cool event at about 76.8 ka B.P. as revealed by grain-size curves, and in response to this event, the vegetation changed significantly but lagged several hundred years behind the grain size record. This study confirmed the cooling and drying tendency during the MIS 5 to 4 transition phase in the southern margin of the Chinese Loess Plateau. These findings shed light on the climatic change on vegetation evolution during the MIS 5 to 4 transition period. Full article
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