About this Research Topic
We are living a crucial moment in ecology, facing climate change. Paleoecology and dendroecology are essential tools looking for solutions to current challenges in forest sciences. In many regions of the world, they greatly surpass the time span of the documentary or remote sensing records, and thus provide the temporal depth required to assess ecological change over long time scales. This Research Topic aims at filling knowledge gaps regarding both the understanding of forest ecosystem structure and dynamics and innovative methodologies in paleoecology and dendroecology, highlighting the implications for sustainable management of forest resources under climate change. This Research Topic will embrace multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary approaches, from stand to landscape and from the Quaternary to the Anthropocene. In this Research Topic, we aim to publish a series of articles that will cover a diversity of approaches, including new paleoindicators and multiproxy studies, drawing on examples from forest ecosystems around the world. In particular, we welcome submissions on the following topics:
Reconstruction of natural disturbance regimes, e.g. wildfire, insect outbreaks, hurricanes, etc.
Disturbance interactions in forest ecosystems,
Reconstruction of forest dynamics through time,
New methods and proxies in paleoecology and dendroecology,
Description of drivers of natural disturbances in forest ecosystems,
Biotic and abiotic interactions in past forest ecosystems, e.g. seed dispersal, herbivory…
We welcome empirical studies, original research, meta-analyses and novel methods from around the World, as well as Reviews, Perspectives and Opinions to consolidate this topic and provide trends and challenges in paleoecology, as well as future research priorities.
Keywords: Climate change, Dendroecology, Forests, Natural disturbances, Paleoecology
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