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Mitigating wildfire carbon loss in managed northern peatlands through restoration

Granath, Gustaf and Moore, Paul A. and Lukenbach, Maxwell C. and Waddington, J.M (2016). Mitigating wildfire carbon loss in managed northern peatlands through restoration. Scientific Reports. 6, 1-9
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Abstract

Northern peatlands can emit large amounts of carbon and harmful smoke pollution during a wildfire. Of particular concern are drained and mined peatlands, where management practices destabilize an array of ecohydrological feedbacks, moss traits and peat properties that moderate water and carbon losses in natural peatlands. Our results demonstrate that drained and mined peatlands in Canada and northern Europe can experience catastrophic deep burns (>200 t C ha(-1) emitted) under current weather conditions. Furthermore, climate change will cause greater water losses in these peatlands and subject even deeper peat layers to wildfire combustion. However, the rewetting of drained peatlands and the restoration of mined peatlands can effectively lower the risk of these deep burns, especially if a new peat moss layer successfully establishes and raises peat moisture content. We argue that restoration efforts are a necessary measure to mitigate the risk of carbon loss in managed peatlands under climate change.

Authors/Creators:Granath, Gustaf and Moore, Paul A. and Lukenbach, Maxwell C. and Waddington, J.M
Title:Mitigating wildfire carbon loss in managed northern peatlands through restoration
Series/Journal:Scientific Reports (2045-2322)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:6
Page range:1-9
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
ISSN:2045-2322
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Agrovoc terms:carbon cycle, peatlands, climate change, nature conservation
Keywords:peatlands, wildfires, carbon loss, restoration
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3944
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3944
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000378519800001
DOI10.1038/srep28498
ID Code:14035
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Feb 2017 09:46
Metadata Last Modified:14 Feb 2017 09:46

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