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Exploring the potential of remote sensing to estimate peatland carbon emissions

Exploring the potential of remote sensing to estimate peatland carbon emissions

Peatlands store large amounts of terrestrial carbon (c) James Hutton Institute
"The application of remote sensing to models of carbon fluxes is a viable research method over Northern peatlands, but further work is needed to develop more comprehensive carbon cycle models"
Peatlands store large amounts of terrestrial carbon (c) James Hutton Institute

Peatlands store large amounts of terrestrial carbon and any changes to their carbon balance could cause large changes in the greenhouse gas balance of the Earth's atmosphere. There is still much uncertainty about how the GHG dynamics of peatlands are affected by climate and land use change, while peatland restoration has been recognised as one of the ways to reach carbon emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute