About this Research Topic
This Research Topic aims at filling the knowledge gaps, regarding both system understanding and assessment methodologies for the design of adaptive management strategies, and the sustainable management of forest resources under climate change. This Research Topic will embrace multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches with different temporal and spatial levels, starting from individual adaptation up to the whole forest system management, given the increasing awareness that forest productivity starts from the pressure exerted by environmental stressors on wood formation and plant physiology. We envisage a series of manuscripts that will cover aspects ranging from observed and projected climate change to consequences for forest ecosystems and forest assessment, spanning a range of scales and conditions. In particular, we welcome submissions on the following subjects:
• Forest productivity change, die-back phenomena and adaptive forest responses to global change
• Adaptive responses at the individual-tree level (e.g. shifting in phenology, cambium productivity changes, biomass partitioning, etc.) affecting forest productivity
• Evaluation of the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on forest vulnerability
• Vulnerabilities of individual tree species and forest or natural community types within a region
• Interdisciplinary vulnerability research covering not only ecological but also economic and social aspects
• Effects of forestry practices on forest vulnerability
• Methods and tools for decision support and adaptation support in the forestry sector
• Modelling growth at different scales: wood, tree, forest.
Emphasis will be given to empirical research and novel methods papers, and will also include Reviews and Opinion articles to consolidate this topic and indicate future research priorities.
Keywords: Climate Change, Forest Vulnerability, Forest Dynamics, Forest Growth, Forest Assessment
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.