"IUFRO 10th Wind and Trees Conference"
We are seeking papers connected with the issues discussed at the recent IUFRO 8.03.06 Wind and Trees conference in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. The focus of the conference was an understanding of the processes of wind damage to trees and forests and how we use this knowledge to develop resistant and resilient forests in our changed climate. We are therefore looking for papers that address the following issues:
- Understanding damage patterns and processes to trees due to windstorms: Papers describing observations from actual windstorms under a range of conditions and for different tree environments from urban forests to large-scale forestry are welcome.
- The mechanics of wind damage including uprooting, branch breakage and stem breakage: Of particular interest is wind loading on trees, measurements of tree resistance to damage, tree dynamical behaviour, and incorporating our knowledge into tools and models for predicting damage to trees under a range of conditions.
- Airflow over forests and in forested complex terrain: Knowledge of airflow in complex forested terrain is critical to improve our understanding of wind damage in hilly or mountainous areas. Papers describing new measurements and modelling of airflow in complex forested or wooded terrain are very welcome.
- Tree acclimation and adaptation to the wind and how we use an understanding of these processes to anticipate changes to tree growth and resistance to the wind: Although we have known for a long-time that trees can acclimate to their wind environment the actual processes involved and the speed of response to changes in wind environment are topics that are extremely pertinent and directly relevant to designing more resilient forest and woodlands.
- Designing wind-resistant and resilient forests: We have a lot of knowledge of the mechanics of wind damage and the behaviour of trees under chronic and extreme wind loading. A next step is to translate that knowledge into practical advice for improving resistance and resilience of forests and woodlands. The need for this knowledge is acknowledged by practitioners operating under many social and economic conditions, as climate and wind regimes are changing across the globe. In addition, acknowledging and understanding the connection between wind damage and other hazards such as snow damage, insect outbreaks, drought, rockfall and avalanches is critical for developing a holistic understanding of forest resilience.
We hope that this special issue will contain a range of papers covering all the issues of concern in developing forests that are more resilient to wind damage and associated hazards. In addition, we believe that the special issue will provide a step-change in our understanding of the whole subject of wind damage to trees and forests and provide a solid and valuable resource for future research work in this scientific area.
Dr. Natasha Ribeiro, Dr. Barry Gardiner, Prof. Emanuele Lingua, Associ. Prof. Kana Kamimura, Ms. Amanda Bunce, Prof. Dirk Schindler, Dr. Maximiliano Costa, Dr. Yi-Ying Chen, Dr. Tom Locatelli
Manuscript Submission Deadline: 30 November 2023
Further details: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/forest-ecology-and-management/about/call-for-papers#iufro-10th-wind-and-trees-conference