Total Carbon Balance of a Blanket Peat Catchment

Id:
4

Funder:
Environmental Protection Agency

Title:
Total Carbon Balance of a Blanket Peat Catchment

Coordinator:
Kiely Gerard

Organisation:
University College Cork (UCC)

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
{sriathemes}

Start Date:
01/04/2007

End Date:
01/04/2010

Summary:
An assessment of the carbon sink source potential of peatlands should include the losses of carbon in streamwater in addition to the biosphere-atmosphere exchange of CO2 and CH4. The aim of the project is to determine the total carbon balance of a blanket peatland. This will be achieved by determining CO2 exchange using eddy covariance field measurements CH4 emissions using static chambers and dissolved organic carbon input in rainfall and loss in streamwater. A model will be developed to assess the effect of changing climate scenarios on the carbon balance of a pristine peatland in the west of Ireland.

Keywords:
Peatland; Natural carbon sink; Eddy covariance; Carbon balance