Forest Disturbance, a speciality section of Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, publishes original, peer-reviewed research on the effects of forest disturbance worldwide. While natural events such as fires, cyclones, hurricanes or typhoons are likely the ‘disturbing’ events causing the most obvious and immediate changes in forest health, structure and function, there are many other disturbances that can have at times profound and long-lasting impacts. Volcanic explosions, floods, major outbreaks of pests and diseases, migratory grazing and even earthquakes can dramatically change forests. Deliberate disturbances, such as logging, add to the complexity of the subject. As a consequence of their frequency, the effects of disturbances on nearly every aspect of forests – from their biodiversity and major cycles of energy/carbon, water and nutrients, to molecular, cellular and whole tree scale processes – have relevance for most forest scientists worldwide.
Forest Disturbance welcomes high quality, original and topical contributions across all disciplines that address the causes and impacts of forest disturbance events, especially research with long term implications. Research areas may include the effects of climate change and urbanization on disturbance events, the use of long-term field studies, large datasets and allied modelling as approaches for monitoring disturbances and the application of new and developing technologies (e.g. remote sensing, robotics).
As long-lived plants, trees contain records of disturbance and change that are invaluable to researchers and policy makers well beyond the forest science community. Forest Disturbance provides a rare opportunity for the research community to bridge disciplines and present the field as one integral to the future of the world’s forests.
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