Considering peatlands as a whole ecosystem, this text provides a timely look at the consequences of the functioning of peatlands to the paleoenvironmental record, carbon cycling, and conservation issues.
Due to an awareness of peatlands as a diminishing resource, peatland conservation and rehabilitation has become an important study area. Peatlands and Environmental Change offers a new approach by considering peatlands as a whole ecosystem, and thereby provides a better understanding of the importance and the consequences of the functioning of peatlands. Contents include: Peat and peatlands Peat landforms and structure Peatland hydrology and ecology Origins and pest initiation Peat accumulation The peatland archive: palaeoenvironmental evidence Autogenic change Allogenic change Peatland - environmental feedbacks Values, exploitation and human impacts Conservation management and restoration
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"...an ideal introduction to peatlands..." (Journal of Soils & Sediments, Vol.2, No.3, 2002) "...a welcome and timely addition..." (Land Degradation and Development, November/December 2002) "...a comprehensive summary of peatland science...it will broaden specialists' and students' knowledge..." (International Journal of Environment Studies, Vol.60, No.2, 2003) "...certainly a book that should be on the shelves of all peatland researchers..." (Environmental Conservation, Vol.30, No.1, 2003) "...This text is a welcome addition to the peatlands bookshelf ... It will also be required reading for anyone embarking on research into Holocence peatlands environments, past or present..." (Journal of Quaternary Science, July 2003) "...a welcome and timely addition to the library...highly recommended..." (Land Degradation and Development, 2002)
About Dan Charman
Dan Charman is the author of Peatlands and Environmental Change, published by Wiley.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments.PART I: INTRODUCTION. Peat and Peatlands. Peat Landforms and Structure. PART II: PEATLAND PROCESSES. Peatland Hydrology and Ecology. Origins and Peat Initiation. Peat Accumulation. PART III: CHANGES IN PEATLANDS. The Peatland Archive: Palaeoenvironmental Evidence. Autogenic Change. Allogenic Change. Peatland - Environment Feedbacks. PART IV: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. Values, Exploitation and Human Impacts. Conservation Management and Restoration. References.Index.
Peatlands and Environmental Change by Dan Charman
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