Call for papers

Emerging Multiple-Scale Modeling for Ecosystem Services in a Changing World

 Guest Editors 
Xiaofeng Xu (, San Diego State University
Oleksandra (Sasha) Hararuk (, Canadian Forest Service
Forrest M. Hoffman (, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Peter E. Thornton (, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Earth is experiencing unprecedented environmental changes which have caused substantial alteration of functioning in natural ecosystems and their feedbacks to the climate system. Therefore, a good understanding of ecosystem processes, such as energy, water, and nutrient cycling, is required to tackle the global change problems. Multiple-scale modeling approach is a powerful tool for examining ecosystem health in the context of multiple-factor global environmental change. In line with the recent advances of ecological knowledge and modeling needs, some modeling aspects have emerged as frontiers in ecosystem modeling community. For example, representing plant functional traits to better simulate vegetation competition, attributing global change impacts to multiple environmental factors, modeling land-coastal interactions, novel modeling framework to improve the Earth system models, and incorporating soil microbial processes into soil organic matter decomposition model to better simulate the carbon dynamics, etc.

This special issue encourages submissions with emerging multiple-scale modeling for ecosystem services in a changing world. Modeling studies ranging from plot, catchment, regional, to global scales to address the cutting-edge global change problems are welcome. We anticipate to bring together various studies of natural ecosystems from multiple perspectives to advance ecosystem modeling in order to address unprecedented environmental problems. This special issue encourages manuscript focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics.

  1. Emerging ecosystem modeling framework across various scales
  2. Ecological modeling approach for upscaling knowledge gained through experiments/observations
  3. Multiple-factor modeling to address global change problems
  4. Novel approach for modeling terrestrial, aquatic, or marine ecosystems, or land-ocean interactions
  5. Modeling biogeochemical cycling with an explicit representation of implicit time-stepping
  6. Ecosystem modeling for some climate-sensitive ecosystem processes such as Arctic permafrost thaw, tropical warming, deep soil warming etc.

Announcement: October 9th, 2015
Submission Deadline: December 31th, 2016
Publication Deadline: June 30th, 2017