Forest Disturbance (Non-Fire) is a specialty section in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change that publishes original, refereed research on the effects of disturbance on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in temperate and tropical forests worldwide. Although fire is covered in a separate specialty section of this journal, all other studies associated with disturbances occurring in forests are welcome.
Disturbances can be natural or human-caused, independent or interactive, and occur across varying temporal and spatial scales. Disturbances that commonly affect forests include wind- and rain-storms, earthquakes, droughts, flooding, landslides, and invasive vertebrate species. Given human effects on forests and forest alterations resulting from global climate change, we believe that this is a critical time for forest disturbance research. This specialty section provides the opportunity to share the most progressive research in this field, outlines new frontiers of research, and is often applicable to inform forest management and native forest conservation.
We publish observational and experimental research papers, monitoring approaches and models, knowledge and strategies for forest management, and especially welcome research that provides mechanistic understandings of response patterns of forest biota (microbes, plants, animals) and processes (decomposition, herbivory, nutrient cycling, primary production) to disturbance. We therefore encourage contributions about all forms of disturbance that will advance our understanding of the causes and consequences of forest disturbances.
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