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IEAM Call for Papers: Ecological Consequences of Wildfires

Wednesday, June 3, 2020  
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Purpose of Special Series

Wildfires plays a key role in shaping terrestrial ecosystems by serving as an agent for vegetation renewal and habitat changes. In fact, forestry and wildlife management experts consider wildfires as a part of nature. However, the uncontrolled burning of dry grasses, brush and trees can be quite serious, destroying critical wildlife habitat and valuable timberland and jeopardizing river and stream water quality. Wildfires affect air quality and release carbon dioxide—a key greenhouse gas—and emit particulates into the atmosphere that are potentially harmful to human health. Recovery of the landscape may take decades or longer.

Wildfires are occurring at an unprecedented scale. Notable in the past 2 years are the Australian bushfires, unchecked fires used to clear land in the Amazon rainforests, and the intense California and Siberian wildfire seasons. Forestry and wildlife experts are voicing new concerns about the impact of large-scale wildfires on climate change, biodiversity, and the ability of the affected landscape to recover after such dramatic events. While habitat loss and deterioration of the landscape are the main consequences of wildfires, little is known and much is overlooked about the broader effects to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

IEAM invites papers that contribute to raising global awareness of the consequences of large-scale wildfires and the land management practices needed to prevent such enormous destruction in the future. Successful submissions will benefit from international visibility through publication as examples of thought leadership.

Scientists and professionals are invited to submit papers describing research and field studies relevant to understanding the impact of wildfires on biodiversity in different biomes and ecosystems, as well as the resilience ecosystems affected by large-scale wildfires. Papers are invited describing the capacity for affected ecosystems to recover from biodiversity loss and degraded habitat conditions. Papers are encouraged that describe post-fire management interventions and best practices in areas affected by high-severity wildfires and monitoring of natural regeneration and the success of different land restoration techniques. Papers are encouraged that describe case studies, governmental policies, fire management strategies and science-to-policy assessments. Papers may focus on different aspects of the environmental consequences of wildfires at the global, regional and national levels.

Dates to Remember

  • Commitment to participate: 30 August
  • Anticipated publication: Spring 2021

Instructions for Submission

Authors intending to participate in the special series must submit a short abstract to the IEAM Editorial Office at ieam_editor@setac.org. Abstracts must include a tentative title, co-authors and brief description (max. 250 words) of the paper. Upon acceptance, authors will be invited to submit their manuscript as a Brief Communication at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ieam.

Papers must conform to IEAM author guidelines. Brief Commentaries should not exceed 10 single-sided, double-spaced pages (including text, tables and figures). Papers will be independently peer-reviewed in accordance with IEAM’s double-blind review process. IEAM is published bimonthly and indexed in Journal Citation Reports and SCOPUS. Address inquires to ieam_editor@setac.org.