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Remote Sensing of Bog Surfaces 2005

Freshwater Terrestrial Earth Observation JNCC Publications Habitat classification Habitat condition Habitat extent Terrestrial habitats 0963-8091 European Evidence Habitats Habitats Directive JNCC report series Lowland Wetland Monitoring Peat bog Surveillance and Monitoring UK Habitats and Species 366


The majority of lowland raised bogs in the UK have been damaged to varying degrees and by various human activities over a very long period. The classification and categorisation of the extent of this damage, the extent of natural or near-natural active peat growth and the ability to restore active peat formation is central to the management of remaining sites and the application of appropriate restoration measures on degraded sites.

The aims of the project were to:

  • review the current approaches to raised lowland bog classification and to identify how remote sensing might provide an information source for such classifications;
  • develop a cost-effective method of using the best currently available civilian satellite sensor data to produce habitat maps for raised bogs, to a level of accuracy appropriate for management;
  • investigate the opportunities offered by advanced airborne sensors currently available for hire in the UK (e.g. ATM, lidar).

The project focussed on three lowland raised bogs: Wedholme Flow in Cumbria, Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog) in mid-Wales and Ballynahone Bog in Northern Ireland.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2005·05·01

Milton, E.J., Hughes, P.D., Anderson, K., Schultz, J. & Lindsay, R.K. 2005. Remote Sensing of Bog Surfaces. JNCC Report No. 366, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This report looked at the use of remote sensing for identifying and classifying bog habitats.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2021·01·06

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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