The Special Issue of the MDPI journal Forests aims to explore forest and tree growth response to climate change at the Alpine tree line, including shifts in vegetation patterns and plant soil interactions. Research articles and well-funded review articles on the topic are welcome.

Deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 June 2022.

Tree growth at the Alpine tree line is mainly restricted by temperature, and life forms are adapted to the cold environment. Plants stay small and close to the ground, where temperatures are more favorable. The presence of trees is strongly related to the micro-environment and also largely influenced by disturbances. Warming rates observed in the Alps and in other mountain regions are higher than the global mean and most likely correlate with elevation. Warming and decreasing duration of snow cover cause shifts in tree species composition and distribution patterns, densification of forests, and increasing plant growth. Nevertheless, responses in Alpine environment are often reported to be slow. Is the increase in changes rate so fast that species will become extinct? Are growth increases substantial ,and can high elevation forest compensate for forest losses at lower elevations or are climate change rates too fast? What are the effects of shifting vegetation patterns on microclimate, soil processes and plant soil interaction (e.g. soil moisture, temperature soil carbon and nutrient cycling)?

The Special Issue aims to cover the state of the art in forest and tree growth response to climate change at the Alpine tree line, including shifts in vegetation patterns and plant soil interactions. Research articles and well-funded review articles on the topic are welcome.

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section 'Forest Ecology and Management'.

Deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 June 2022.

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