Peat Bog Ecosystems: Weathering, Erosion and Mass Movement of Blanket Bog
Lindsay, R., Birnie, Richard and Clough, Jack 2014. Peat Bog Ecosystems: Weathering, Erosion and Mass Movement of Blanket Bog. Edinburgh International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
|Authors||Lindsay, R., Birnie, Richard and Clough, Jack|
When the protective living layer of the acrotelm of a peat bog is lost as a result of human activities, the catotelm peat beneath becomes subject to weathering and erosion. As much as 3 cm thickness can be lost in one year. More spectacular losses can occur if mass movement of the peat occurs because the stability of the peat on a hill-slope is compromised by the same factors as those which trigger erosion. With the recent reduction in human pressures on blanket bog landscapes, there is evidence of natural re-vegetation across many areas, although very extensive areas continue to erode.
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 9
|Series||IUCN UK Committee Peatland Programme Briefing Note|
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