How the methane balance changes if agricultural peatlands are transformed into wetland nature and how this transformation influences the total carbon balance - contribution to cost action ES0804

A. Schrier-Uijl, P.S. Kroon, D. Hendriks, E.M. Veenendaal, P.A. Leffelaar, F. Berendse

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Abstract

In the Netherlands eutrophic peatlands have been drained for centuries and in the last 50 years peatlands have been drained even more deeply to make modern agriculture possible. The resulting peat oxidation makes that these peatlands are major CO2 sources. It has been suggested that peat oxidation can be reduced if agricultural peatlands are tranformed into wetland nature by raising the water table and by reducing agricultural intensity. the measures alter the carbon cycle and porbably turn greenhouse gases into sinks. A landscape scale experiment has started in 2005 in which three areas have been chosen in which agricultural intensity ranges from high to low. The effects of transformation of intensively managed peatlands into wetland nature on the carbon balance, and more specifically on the CH4 balance have been studied for more than three years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater in a Changing Climate. Progress in Land-Atmosphere Interactions and Energy/Water Cycle Research, Proceedings of the 6th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle and 2nd Integrated Land Ecosystem - Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) Science Conference, 24-28 August 2009, Melbourne, Australia
EditorsAnni Reissell, Marjut Nyman, Miia Vesala, Tyyne Viisanen
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Pages149-152
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventThe 6th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle and 2nd Integrated Land Ecosystem - Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) Science Conference -
Duration: 24 Aug 200928 Aug 2009

Conference

ConferenceThe 6th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle and 2nd Integrated Land Ecosystem - Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) Science Conference
Period24/08/0928/08/09

Keywords

  • methane
  • peatlands
  • agriculture
  • wetlands
  • carbon cycle
  • nature development
  • netherlands

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