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Terrestrial ecosystems

Terrestrial ecosystems vary widely in their forms, functions, and biodiversity, but are united by the growing threats they face from changes in land use, climate and global change more broadly. Discover Open, multidisciplinary research in this field, from biodiversity and population ecology to remote sensing.

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Research on this topic addresses the structure, function, and biodiversity of terrestrial ecosystems across the globe, in environments ranging from deserts to rain forests. Our publications on terrestrial ecosystems cover areas including community and population ecology, ecosystem functions and services, and the management of land and natural resources.

They include studies that make use of technologies such as remote sensing, and that contribute to evidence-based conservation of species and ecosystems. They also explore the impacts of pressures such as habitat destruction, invasions, and changes in land use and climate.

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Research spotlights

As a leading publisher in the field, these articles showcase research that has influenced academia, industry and/or policy.

Terrestrial ecosystems
research topics

PLOS publishes research across a broad range of topics. Take a look at the latest work in your field.

Further environmental science reading and insights

PLOS publishes a broad range of inter-disciplinary research in environmental science, spanning multiple journals, disciplines, and regions. Uncover further curated research and insights in the following fields:

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Our commitment to Open Science means others can build on terrestrial ecosystems and data to advance the field. Discover selected popular research below:

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12,415 authors from 138 countries chose PLOS to publish their terrestrial ecosystems research* 

Reaching a global audience, this research has received over 9,984 news and blog mentions

Research in this field has been cited 90,766 times
after authors published in a PLOS journal*

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Related journals in terrestrial ecosystems

We provide a platform for terrestrial ecosystems research across various PLOS journals, allowing interdisciplinary researchers to explore terrestrial ecosystems research at all preclinical, translational and clinical research stages.

*Data source: Web of Science. © Copyright Clarivate 2024 | January 2020 – April 2024
^Data source: | January 2020 – April 2024

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