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Scotland's flux tower network improved for better understanding of impact of peatland restoration

Monitoring station at Girlsta, Shetland, and a research team
“These will be vital observations to improve not only the reporting of greenhouse gases from peatlands but also will serve to enhance our ability to understand regionally different impacts of land management decisions and climate change on peatland resilience”

The flux tower network in Scotland is to be extended and enhanced to better understand the carbon and climate impact of restoring peatlands. Supported by over £1 million of Scottish Government funding, three additional flux towers to be operated by the James Hutton Institute will join the current network and all nine of the towers currently in the network will be upgraded.

The data from flux towers is used to measure greenhouse gas emissions from soils and degraded peatland and show how the emissions change after restoration. 

The Scottish Government's Rural Affairs Secretary, Mairi Gougeon MSP, said: “Scotland is leading the way on peatland policy. Peatland restoration is a key element of our updated Climate Change Plan. We are committed to significantly increasing the rate of peatland restoration in Scotland.

“We need to make sure that we can assess the greenhouse gas impacts from rewetting different land types across Scotland, which can then help us understand where and how to best target our restoration efforts. These flux towers will help us continue to build our evidence base to increase cost-efficiency and effectiveness.”

Dr Rebekka Artz, a senior scientist at the Institute, added: “This investment substantially increases and standardises our network of ground observations of carbon dioxide and methane emissions monitoring from Scottish peatlands. The new equipment will be placed to address a critical gap in our understanding, namely the degree to which peatlands under grassland use lose carbon.”

“These will be vital observations to improve not only the reporting of greenhouse gases from peatlands but also will serve to enhance our ability to understand regionally different impacts of land management decisions and climate change on peatland resilience.”

Press and media enquiries: 

Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, James Hutton Institute, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.