This section welcomes high-quality and original contributions on fundamental and applied research related to forest growth, that take any of whole-tree, canopy or ecosystem perspectives.
The Specialty Section “Forest Growth – from Trees to Ecosystems” focuses on growth as the key driver of forest ecosystem dynamics. Forest growth underpins canopy structure, and determines carbon- water- and nutrient fluxes, and the role of forests in carbon budgets at stand, regional and global scales.
Forest growth also reflects species traits and site conditions, especially soils and climate. Research that leads to better ability to predict forest growth is critical to practical efforts designed to help mitigate increasing atmospheric [CO2] via increased carbon storage.
The Specialty Section on Forest Growth will include papers on fundamental understanding of forest growth, that take any of whole-tree, canopy or ecosystem perspectives. The section will embrace papers that seek to enhance understandings of forest dynamics, and emerging properties of forest ecosystems. We also welcome more applied research on specific attributes of forests as they relate to or drive growth, including forest management. For example, papers that deal with scaling of physiological processes to tree growth and to forest ecosystem dynamics. Similarly welcome are papers that report mechanistic modelling approaches and that link processes across spatial and temporal scales, e.g. in assessing effects of human interference on growth and biomass accumulation.
The Specialty Section will consider original research and comprehensive analysis of existing data sets, conceptual (theoretical) papers, and critical reviews on forest growth and the relationship between tree growth and forest ecosystem dynamics. Studies are expected to have general (global) relevance, and a sound theoretical as well as empirical basis.
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Forest Growth welcomes submissions of the following article types: Case Report, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Forest Growth, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Forest Growth will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Forests and Global Change.
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