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A programme to address evidence gaps in greenhouse gas and carbon fluxes from UK peatlands 2011


This report presents the research needs required to improve quantification of the carbon/greenhouse gas fluxes to and from UK peatlands, incorporating the major UK priorities for peatland steady management states (which can be also considered the ‘end point’ of any intervention on a site) and the effects of transitions between these states. The measurements obtained would be intended to provide the basis for the development of robust emission factors (EFs) appropriate to UK peatlands, suitable for greenhouse gas reporting, emissions trading and the optimisation of peatland management.

Additional background information is provided in the 'Evidence Review' (JNCC Report No. 442), in which the needs for further work were identified as two-fold: measurement activities to reliably characterise the carbon (C) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) fluxes from steady-state situations; and field-based research activities to allow for a direct comparison between fluxes from peat in either different management states at the same location, and from transitional states following intervention actions.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2011·06·01

Evans, C., Worrell, F., Holden, J., Chapman, P., Smith, P. & Artz, R. 2011. A programme to address evidence gaps in greenhouse gas and carbon fluxes from UK peatlands. JNCC Report No. 443, JNCC, Peterborough.

This report provides the proposed structure for a measurement programme to improve quantification of the carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes to and from UK peatlands, and allow for the development of more robust UK emission factors for peatland areas.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·05·19

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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