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This section welcomes high-quality and original contributions on the interaction between forests and the atmosphere on local, regional, and global scales under changing climate conditions.
Forests and the Atmosphere is a speciality section of Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. It publishes original, refereed research on the interaction between forests and the atmosphere on local, regional, and global scales under changing climate conditions. Vegetation, in particular forests, supports life on Earth, from storing carbon and supplying oxygen to the atmosphere, to playing a role in particle and cloud formation, and in the cycling of water and nutrients.
The speciality section focuses on forest-atmosphere exchanges of greenhouse gases, water, energy, and other biogenic trace gases (i.e. volatile organic compounds; VOCs) to observe several parameters. These include observing whole-ecosystem metabolism, as well as quantifying the role of trees and forests as sources and sinks of trace gases, observing the input of gaseous pollutants and nutrients and the role of forests in cleansing the atmosphere. The goal is to foster an improved understanding of biosphere-atmosphere interactions in the Earth system’s climate sensitivity.
We welcome manuscripts that advance knowledge and understanding of:
1) the regulation of trace gas emissions from trees /forests triggered by abiotic and biotic stressors e.g. climate extreme events or herbivore outbreaks;
2) the fluxes of GHG, water, trace gases, and energy from forest ecosystems under a changing climate;
3) the key physical and chemical processes of trace gas exchange within and above canopy chemistry and particle formation;
4) the formation and fate of primary biogenic ozone precursors and the processes occurring within and above forest canopies that control the efficient exchange of gases;
5) the impact of land use change and its relevance for forest-atmosphere interactions;
6) the role of forests in global CO2 and water balances;
7) the meteorological and climatological effects on forest processes under changing climate;
We expect contributions with clearly formulated hypotheses that employ state-of-the-art technology and approaches in plant/tree physiology, biogeochemistry, and process-based modelling. We especially welcome studies that take interdisciplinary approaches to decipher the great complexity of the mechanisms underlying forest-atmosphere interactions.
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Forests and the Atmosphere welcomes submissions of the following article types: Case Report, Correction, Data Report, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Original Research, 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 Forests and the Atmosphere, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Forests and the Atmosphere 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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