Natural disturbance dynamics analysis for ecosystem-based management-FORDISMAN

Kalev Jõgiste, Lee E. Frelich, Floortje Vodde, Ahto Kangur, Marek Metslaid, John A. Stanturf

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Abstract

Forest ecosystems are shaped by disturbances and functional features of vegetation recovery after disturbances. There is considerable variation in basic disturbance characteristics, magnitude, severity, and intensity. Disturbance legacies provide possible explanations for ecosystem resilience. The impact (length and strength) of the pool of ecosystem legacies and how they vary at different spatial and temporal scales is a most promising line of further research. Analyses of successional trajectories, ecosystem memory, and novel ecosystems are required to improve modelling in support of forests. There is growing evidence that managing ecosystem legacies can act as a driver in adaptive management to achieve goals in forestry. Managers can adapt to climate change and new conditions through anticipatory or transformational strategies of ecosystem management. The papers presented in this Special Issue covers a wide range of topics, including the impact of herbivores, wind, and anthropogenic factors, on ecosystem resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number663
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalForests
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
FORDISMAN network received multiple grants by SNS-EFINORD. Considerable amount of work was financed by the institutional research funding IUT21-4 of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. The support by the projects (P180024MIME, P200029MIME) of the Estonian University of Life Sciences is acknowledged. We acknowledge the support by Latvian Forest Research Institute "Silava". The authors of this paper and editor of the Special Issue "Natural Disturbance Dynamics Analysis for Forest Ecosystem Management" are grateful to all the authors and reviewers of the Special Issue, as well as the support provided by the editors and managers of the journal Forests of MDPI.

Funding Information:
Funding: FORDISMAN network received multiple grants by SNS-EFINORD. Considerable amount of work was financed by the institutional research funding IUT21-4 of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. The support by the projects (P180024MIME, P200029MIME) of the Estonian University of Life Sciences is acknowledged. We acknowledge the support by Latvian Forest Research Institute “Silava”.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Disturbance ecology
  • Ecosystem legacy
  • Resilience

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