Special Issue "Peatlands under Changing Environment"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 884

Special Issue Editor

Peatland Center, Institute of Forest Science Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow Region, Russia
Interests: peatlands; ecohydrology; climate change; greenhouse gases; carbon; paleoecology; ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Peatlands are reasonably considered as water bodies. On the other hand, as habitats and economic objects, they are land. This determines the complexity of their consideration, which requires an integrated, multifaceted, and often interdisciplinary approach. Peatlands are found in almost all countries. Regardless of the scale of their distribution (as dominant landscapes or rare ecotopes), they play an important—often key—role in the relationship between surface and groundwater; the accumulation of atmospheric moisture and water storage; the regulation of the flow of water, elements and compounds; and the maintenance of special habitats. The water regime of peatlands determines carbon accumulation and storage, as well as greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Changes in climate and other environmental factors, as well as human impacts, affect the hydrologic characteristics and functions of peatlands. This, in turn, can have an even greater adverse effect on the environment and humans. Understanding these issues is key to making informed decisions about peatland conservation, wise use, and restoration. Presenting in this Special Issue the widest possible range of issues and approaches related to peatlands in a changing environment could help to address these issues. It is especially important to illustrate this with the diversity of peatlands in their natural, geographic, and economic contexts. We hope that interested authors will help us in this task.

Dr. Andrey Sirin
Guest Editor

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  • peatlands
  • hydrology
  • watersheds
  • human impacts
  • climate change
  • mitigation
  • adaptation

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Case Report
Peat Thickness Changes at the “Wołosate” Raised Bog in the Western Bieszczady Mountains
Water 2022, 14(22), 3659; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14223659 - 13 Nov 2022
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The study aims to present and analyze the rate of changes that occur in the area of Wołosate bog dome as a result of human pressure, which has been especially intense the period between 1967–2016. Additionally, the work presents current stratigraphic cross-section of [...] Read more.
The study aims to present and analyze the rate of changes that occur in the area of Wołosate bog dome as a result of human pressure, which has been especially intense the period between 1967–2016. Additionally, the work presents current stratigraphic cross-section of the peat deposit, and illustrates and interprets the course of the peat accumulation process, that depends on hydrological conditions. The described study had been conducted on the area of “Wołosate” raised bog (nature reserve) in Western Bieszczady Mountains. From the analysis of data obtained from precise satellite surveys, it can be concluded that over 49 years, the average thickness of peat in the characteristic levelling-stratigraphic cross-section decreased by 27.2%. The most significant changes (34.3%) took place up until 1988, as during that period, the stream valley of Wołosatka river had been drained. The results of the discussed study indicate one more circumstance. In later period (1988–2016), following the restoration measures, a 35 cm acrotelm layer of Sphagnum peat (Eusphagneti) with a living layer of peat moss which happened to form itself on the western side of the peatland (along a section of approx. 50 m). Full article
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