Peatlands and Environmental Change

  • ID: 2175214
  • Book
  • 312 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Peatlands and Environmental Change provides a comprehensive summary of peatland science. The emphasis is on peatlands as dynamic parts of the landscape that are undergoing constant change as a result of processes of peat accumulation and development, as well as through human activity and climatic variability.

The book is divided into four parts that look in turn at the nature of peatland classification and terminology, hydrological and ecological processes and peatland growth, changes in peatlands and their influence on the environment, and resource management issues. Each chapter is supported by examples from all the main peatland regions and site types including New Zealand, Australia and the tropics, as well as Europe and North America.

Peatlands and Environmental Change is an ideal introduction to peatlands for those developing an understanding of these ecosystems, and for specialists who wish to broaden their knowledge.

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Part 1 Introduction

Peat and Peatlands

Peat Landforms and Structure

Part 2 Peatland Processes

Peatland Hydrology and Ecology

Origins and Peat Initiation

Peat Accumulation

Part 3 Changes in Peatlands

The Peatland Archive: Palaeoenvironmental Evidence

Autogenic Change

Allogenic Change

Peatland –

Environment Feedbacks

Part 4 Resource Management

Values, Exploitation and Human Impacts

Conservation Management and Restoration


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" 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 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)

. Overall, this is an outstanding book.  Peatlands and Environmental Change is very highly recommended both for personal and library use, and should be on a range of reading lists .    (The Holocene, July 2003)

 ..."All in all this is a very good and well produced book .... and will become a widely cited reference text ..." (Earth Surface Processes & Landforms, Spetember 2003)

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