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Promoting Forest Resilience in a Changing Climate

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Fostering resilience of forest ecosystems is currently discussed as a promising strategy to mitigate climate change impacts on forests. There are essentially two different definitions of resilience. The first is defined as 'engineering resilience' and refers to the time that a disturbed system needs to return ...

Fostering resilience of forest ecosystems is currently discussed as a promising strategy to mitigate climate change impacts on forests. There are essentially two different definitions of resilience. The first is defined as 'engineering resilience' and refers to the time that a disturbed system needs to return to its pre-disturbance state and thus its ability to persist despite disturbance. The second is defined as 'ecological resilience', and deals with the ability of the system to absorb disturbances without losing its essential structure and functioning. Ecological resilience recognizes the existence of multiple stable states and seems the more relevant concept in a changing climate where pre-disturbance states can often not be reached since the environment has changed. Developing resilience-oriented management or a resilience thinking of managed forest ecosystems requires better operationalizing the concept of resilience, which means developing new qualitative and quantitative measures of resilience within existing management and modelling frameworks.

This Research Topic will feature within the Forest Management section of the Journal, and we are interested in manuscripts submissions addressing resilience in forest management including:
- Definitions of resilience in a forest management context
- Resilience of what to what?
- Appropriate spatial and temporal scales to address resilience
- Trade-offs in ecosystem service provisioning related to resilience management
- Detecting early warnings and tipping points in forest ecosystems
- Effects of forest structure and ecological functions on resilience.

We are especially looking for contributions that explicitly analyse the interactions between management, disturbances and forest dynamics in shaping resilience, and that search for key elements of (e.g. as advance regeneration, response diversity of species to disturbance) or key obstacles for (e.g. regeneration blocking) resilience. Articles dealing with adaptation and transformation processes when resilience fails are also welcome.


Keywords: Forest resilience, Climate change, Engineering resilience, Ecological resilience, Forest disturbance, Forest management, Ecosystem services, Forest ecosystems, Adaption, Regeneration, Disturbance response


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