Call for Contributions: Impacts of Global Change on Protective Forests in Mountain Areas

Contributions are invited for the article collection "Impacts of Global Change on Protective Forests in Mountain Areas" in collaboration with Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. The protection against natural hazards is an indispensable ecosystem service in mountain areas. Thanks to this Nature-based Solution (NbS), for Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR), costs of engineered technical protection measures can be reduced or even avoided. Numerous studies have proven the high effectiveness of forests in mitigating negative impacts of natural hazards such as flooding, landslides, avalanches, and rockfalls. However, open questions remain on the long-term and sustainable provision of protective services which are expected to be increasingly affected by global change. Contributions are invited that explicitly address the impacts of global change on protective services of mountain forests. There is a particular interest in articles contributing to our understanding of how temperature increase, enhanced forest disturbance frequencies and intensities, and socio-economic changes affect the ecosystem service "protection against alpine natural hazards", including snow avalanches, landslides, rockfall and torrential hazards (i.e. floods and debris flow), and their underlying processes.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  20 January 2023
Editors:  Michaela Teich, Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW); Christine Moos, Bern University of Applied Sciences;
Ana Stritih, Technical University of Munich; Alessandra Bottero, WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF


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