: Special Issue on Forest and Climate Change

Special Issue on Forest and Climate Change

 I. Background 

Forests are natural sinks of atmospheric carbon dioxide and thus play an important role in controlling the climate. The local regional and global dynamics of forest cover has its impacts on micro and macro-meteorological patterns and therefore affects the functional and structural aspects at ecosystem level. The drivers that govern such dynamism vary with ecosystems and socio-economic set-ups. The world population is increasing and projected to be around 9 billion by 2050. This exerts tremendous pressure on forest resources including biodiversity. Therefore strong conservation strategies are needed to ensure forest sustainability. Subsequent to Kyoto protocol, REDD and REDD+ mechanisms were introduced to reduce emission levels by avoiding deforestation and degradation and such mechanism will also help in biodiversity conservation along with carbon sequestration which in turn will potentially help to stabilise the climate change.

Although considerable work has been reported on these themes at regional and global scales, comparatively less work is published at local scales supported by strong ground based investigations. The satellite remote sensing has traditionally been used for landuse-landcover change and biomass estimation, however not much work is published on using chronological satellite datasets coupled with multi-time ground based investigations and use of modern satellite datasets including hyperspectral, lidar etc. Such information has become critical for effective decision making.

The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the work related to different aspects of forest that are directly or indirectly related to climate change. The authors are encouraged to submit their unpublished work related but not limited to forest and climate change, biomass and carbon sequestration patterns, net primary productivity modelling, biodiversity and carbon sequestration, REDD/REDD+ and its role in biodiversity conservation and climate change. Authors are expected to highlight the role of geoinformatics technology in meeting their scientific objectives. The same should be one of the strong components of their research.

 II. Guest Editor for this Special issue:

 1.        Dr. Shirish Ravan

Head, UN-SPIDER Beijing Office

UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA)

 III. Associate Editors under this special issue:

 2.        Dr. C. Jeganathan, 

Department of Remote Sensing

Birla Institute of Technology (BIT),Mesra

Ranchi-835215, Jharkhand, India

 3.        Dr. Manish P. Kale

Senior Technical Officer

Geomatics Solutions Development Group (GSDG)
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC)
Pune, India

Topics to be covered: 

  • Forest and climate change
  • Carbon pools and fluxes in forested landscapes
  • Net Primary Productivity modelling
  • REDD and REDD+  - A remote sensing perspective
  • Forestecosystem services mapping using satellite remote sensing
  • Forestdegradation and climate change
  • Forestbiodiversity and climate change
  • Space-Time Vegetation Dynamics
  • Application of Remote sensing and GIS in Forestry


 Forests, Climate Change, Biodiversity, REDD, Ecosystem Services, Carbon Sequestration

 Last date of Submission: 31st May 2014

All papers would be published immediately after acceptance.

ISSN: 2321–8355