Special Issue "Selecting Climate Resilient Tree Species for Forest Restoration – What Is Necessary and What Is Possible?"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: Forest ecology; Maintaining ecological Functions and Managing Biodiversity under Global change conditions; natural risks; disturbance ecology; sustainable land use; forest bioeconomy; nature-based solutions; renewable raw materials; cooperative research
Interests: ecophysiology of temperate and tropical trees (carbon, water and nutrient relations); forest dynamics research; climate change effects on temperate and tropical forests; biodiversity and ecosystem function in forests; vegetation ecology of Central Europe
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Upcoming forestry decisions on the choice of the most suitable tree species and adequate management concepts in a future warmer world require bringing biological knowledge, silvicultural experience, and economic expertise together and interlocking theory and practice. Due to the long-term impact of forestry decisions, nothing is more fatal than choosing a tree species that turns out to be a fiasco after a few decades. This Special Issue would like to address three fields that require action:
(1) Insufficient knowledge: We invite contributions that improve our knowledge of the influence of climatic factors on the growth and vitality of indigenous tree species and their stress tolerance in order to enable science-based predictions about their performance in a warmer and drier climate. In the focus are not the well-studied main timber species, but the secondary timber species and those which have minor or no economic value at present. We encourage submissions that can lay foundations on which to base authors’ choice of tree species for the “forest of the future”.
(2) Inadequate consideration of research results: Existing knowledge on the stress tolerance and growth physiology of tree species is still not sufficiently used in forestry planning or not adequately transferred to forestry practitioners. We welcome work that opens avenues to better transfer existing international research results on the stress tolerance and biology of important commercial tree species to silvicultural planning.
(3) Gaps in existing forest research capacities and strategies for the future: Interdisciplinarity and the link between basic and applied research are often not well developed, and not much capacity exists to develop innovative concepts beyond the beaten track. We welcome conceptional papers, which outline the goals and structure of interdisciplinary research concepts and research networks focusing on the challenges that forestry is facing because of climate change.
Prof. Dr. Helge Walentowski
Prof. Dr. Christoph Leuschner
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Indigenous tree species
- Forest crisis management
- Improved knowledge sharing
- Capacity optimization
- Interdisciplinary research