Articles | Volume 16, issue 20
Research article
17 Oct 2019
Research article |  | 17 Oct 2019

Modelling long-term blanket peatland development in eastern Scotland

Ward Swinnen, Nils Broothaerts, and Gert Verstraeten

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In this study, a new model is presented, which was specifically designed to study the development and carbon storage of blanket peatlands since the last ice age. In the past, two main processes (declining forest cover and rising temperatures) have been proposed as drivers of blanket peatland development on the British Isles. The simulations performed in this study support the temperature hypothesis for the blanket peatlands in the Cairngorms Mountains of central Scotland.
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