Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage

T. J. Sloan*, R. J. Payne, A. R. Anderson, C. Bain, S. Chapman, N. Cowie, P. Gilbert, R. Lindsay, D. Mauquoy, A. J. Newton, R. Andersen

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Peatlands are a globally significant store of carbon. During the second half of the 20th century new planting techniques combined with tax incentives encouraged commercial forestry across large areas of peat bog in the UK, particularly in the Flow Country of northern Scotland. Such planting was controversial and was ultimately halted by removal of the tax incentives, and policies to prevent new planting. Here we review the literature on UK peatland afforestation in relation to carbon and climate implications, and identify key issues for future research. The effects of conifer planting on peat bog carbon storage in the UK are poorly understood. A large body of research on peatland forestry exists, particularly from naturally forested fen peatlands in Fennoscandia and Russia, but the different conditions in the UK mean that results are not directly transferable. Data on the responses of UK peat bogs to afforestation are required to address this shortfall. Studies are required that quantify the loss of carbon from the peat and evaluate it against the accumulation of carbon above and below ground in trees, considering the likely residence time of carbon in wood products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalMires and Peat
Volume23
Issue number01
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2018

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Keywords

  • Flow country
  • Forestry
  • Ghg
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Peat

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Soil Science
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Sloan, T. J., Payne, R. J., Anderson, A. R., Bain, C., Chapman, S., Cowie, N., ... Andersen, R. (2018). Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage. Mires and Peat, 23(01), 1-17. [1]. https://doi.org/10.19189/MaP.2017.OMB.315

Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage. / Sloan, T. J.; Payne, R. J.; Anderson, A. R.; Bain, C.; Chapman, S.; Cowie, N.; Gilbert, P.; Lindsay, R.; Mauquoy, D.; Newton, A. J.; Andersen, R.

In: Mires and Peat, Vol. 23, No. 01, 1, 19.10.2018, p. 1-17.

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Sloan, TJ, Payne, RJ, Anderson, AR, Bain, C, Chapman, S, Cowie, N, Gilbert, P, Lindsay, R, Mauquoy, D, Newton, AJ & Andersen, R 2018, 'Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage', Mires and Peat, vol. 23, no. 01, 1, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.19189/MaP.2017.OMB.315
Sloan TJ, Payne RJ, Anderson AR, Bain C, Chapman S, Cowie N et al. Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage. Mires and Peat. 2018 Oct 19;23(01):1-17. 1. https://doi.org/10.19189/MaP.2017.OMB.315
Sloan, T. J. ; Payne, R. J. ; Anderson, A. R. ; Bain, C. ; Chapman, S. ; Cowie, N. ; Gilbert, P. ; Lindsay, R. ; Mauquoy, D. ; Newton, A. J. ; Andersen, R. / Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage. In: Mires and Peat. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. 01. pp. 1-17.
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