Peat Bog Ecosystems: Impacts of Artificial Drainage on Peatlands
Lindsay, R., Birnie, Richard and Clough, Jack 2014. Peat Bog Ecosystems: Impacts of Artificial Drainage on Peatlands. Edinburgh International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
|Authors||Lindsay, R., Birnie, Richard and Clough, Jack|
Actively-growing bogs consist of two layers. The thick basal layer (catotelm) consists of accumulated peat and is relatively inert, whereas the thin surface layer (acrotelm) is a highly dynamic layer which is characterised by small-scale microtopographic features. These features provide resilience in the face of changing climates and are important indicators of the degree to which the bog has been damaged by human action. The surface microtopography is also a key source of ecosystem biodiversity.
This briefing note is part of a series aimed at policy makers, practitioners and academics to help explain the ecological processes that underpin peatland function. Understanding the ecology of peatlands is essential when investigating the impacts of human activity on peatlands, interpreting research findings and planning the recovery of damaged peatlands.
|Publisher||International Union for the Conservation of Nature|
|Place of publication||Edinburgh|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.iucn-uk-peatlandprogramme.org/peatland-resources/briefings|
|Funder||International Union for the Conservation of Nature|
|Scottish Natural Heritage|
|Natural Resources Wales|
|Peter de Haan Charitable Trust|
|05 Nov 2014|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||08 Dec 2014|
|Copyright holder||International Union for the Conservation of Nature|
|Copyright information||© IUCN UK Peatland Programme|
IUCN UK Committee Peatland Programme Briefing Note 2
|Series||IUCN UK Committee Peatland Programme Briefing Note|
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