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Dr Rebekka Artz

Potential for using remote sensing to estimate carbon fluxes across northern peatlands – A review

Rebekka Artz

Rebekka Artz

 +44 (0)344 928 5428

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


My specific interests relate to the ecology and ecosystem functions of microbiota in peatland ecosystems. My research has widened its scope to include peatland restoration as well as studying the effects of climate change and increased nitrogen deposition on carbon cycling in peatlands and other organic soils, such as upland heathlands. You can read a case study of my work on peatland restoration here.

I am investigating the effects that methods of advanced peatland restoration will have on soil fungal community, vegetation structure, site rewetting and carbon dynamics. This research will also investigate whether these methods are effective in areas that experience significantly lower rainfall. This will broaden our understanding about the resilience of peatlands and the effect that drought/restoration management can have on this ecosystem’s capacity for carbon sequestration. This ongoing work leads from existing research on the well characterized peatlands of the RSPB-owned Forsinard Flows.


Research Papers (DOI)

Leading Ideas

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 1: Natural Assets
  • 1.1 - Soils
  • 1.1.2 Soil resilience to change
  • 1.1.3 Soil and net GHG emissions
  • 1.3 - Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • 1.3.3 Resilience of ecosystems and biodiversity
  • 1.4 - Integrated and Sustainable Management of Natural Assets
  • 1.4.2 Identifying and understanding multiple benefits and trade-offs

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