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20 May 2021

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Ecosystem Health and Sustainability

Special Issue Editor(s)

Zhaozhong Feng, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China
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Evgenios Agathokleous, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China
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Elina Oksanen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
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The Nexus Among Air Pollution, Climate Change and Ecosystem Health

Overview:

Air pollution is a global concern. Some “modern” air pollutants occur at concentrations that are threatening organismic health, including ground-level ozone and particulate matter (PM). For some of these pollutants, effects of various degrees of adversity have been documented for plants, insects, microbes, and other components of ecosystems, from the cellular level to the level of individual. Further research progress in the last two decades has shed light upon the effects on levels of biological organization beyond the individual, and for impacts ranging from local to global scales. These advances indicate various potential effects on the ecosystems, demanding to better understand ecosystem health under air pollution.

Meanwhile, an extensive body of research documents the effects of the ongoing climate change on the ecosystems. The interaction between climate change and air pollution is inevitable, and there are many studies showing that ecosystem health under climate change depends on air pollution (and vice versa). However, while there are many papers on such interactions (e.g. warming, drought, ozone), the knowledge is still scattered. Hence, this issue aims to address the nexus among air pollution, climate change and ecosystem health, and indicate the acute need for this major gap of knowledge.

Potential topics:

This thematic issue aims to concentrate excellent research and review papers on air pollution effects on ecosystems as well as ecosystem health under climate change, and especially on how air pollution and climate change interactions affect ecosystems. Forest decline, food security, grassland degradation, nutrient and water cycling, and organismic interactions (plants-insects-microbes-viruses etc.) are of high interest. Potential measures and methodologies addressing the issue of protecting and sustaining ecosystem health under air pollution and/or climate change are also of interest. Papers with no clear ecological component and relevance to the ecosystems (e.g. physiological responses of individual plants to air pollution) will not be considered.

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  • Select special issue title "The nexus among air pollution, climate change and ecosystem health" when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.
  • Tentative date for publication: As soon as accepted (VSI).
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