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.
Peat and Peatlands
Peat Landforms and Structure
Part 2 Peatland Processes
Peatland Hydrology and Ecology
Origins and Peat Initiation
Part 3 Changes in Peatlands
The Peatland Archive: Palaeoenvironmental Evidence
Part 4 Resource Management
Values, Exploitation and Human Impacts
Conservation Management and Restoration