Historical and future contributions of inland waters to the Congo basin carbon balance

Adam Hastie provides a brief summary of the paper him and his colleagues team are awaiting publication of. Adam Hastie et al.- Currently under review in Earth System Dynamics– https://www.earth-syst-dynam-discuss.net/esd-2020-3/ License- Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License As part of my PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles under Pierre Regnier, I used the ORCHILEAK land … Read more Historical and future contributions of inland waters to the Congo basin carbon balance

New paper: Continuous human presence without extensive reductions in forest cover over the past 2500 years

A new paper by Tom Kelly and other members of the Tropical Wetlands Consortium has just appeared in Journal of Quaternary Science. As part of his PhD work, Tom showed that the lake at Quistococha, on the outskirts of Iquitos in Peru, contains a remarkable pollen and microcharcoal record. The data show an increase in … Read more New paper: Continuous human presence without extensive reductions in forest cover over the past 2500 years

New article in Conservation Biology on protecting intact tropical peatlands

In an article published this month in the journal Conservation Biology, Katy Roucoux and co-authors identify and map threats to the recently-described intact peatlands of the Pastaza-Marañón Foreland Basin (PMFB) in north-east Peru. We highlight the need to protect these peatlands to avoid future degradation, and identify several key pathways for conservation. In our study … Read more New article in Conservation Biology on protecting intact tropical peatlands

New publication on Congo’s peatlands in Nature

A new paper led by Greta Dargie and co-authored by Ian Lawson in Nature reports the existence of 145,000 km2 of peatlands in the Cuvette Centrale of the Congo Basin. We estimate carbon storage at around 31.4 Gt C. This discovery increases the best estimate of carbon storage in tropical peatlands by about 30%. The … Read more New publication on Congo’s peatlands in Nature

Impact of fires on peatlands in Indonesia

Ian Lawson has contributed to a blog post for the Journal of Applied Ecology on the impact of the ongoing destruction of Indonesia peatlands on the research community. With SE Asian peatlands rapidly diminishing, the importance of Amazonian and African peatlands as records of tropical environmental and ecological change is heightened. You can read the … Read more Impact of fires on peatlands in Indonesia

New publication on the floristic composition of Peruvian wetland forests

The floristic composition of the seasonally flooded and peat swamp forests of the Peruvian Amazon is poorly known in comparison to many other vegetation types in the region. But this lack of knowledge is not really due to a lack of fieldwork – there have been many environmental impact assessments related to the oil industry … Read more New publication on the floristic composition of Peruvian wetland forests

New paper in Wetlands Ecology and Management

Lawson et al. “Improving estimates of carbon storage and flux in tropical peatlands” is now online at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11273-014-9402-2/fulltext.html. The paper was developed by members of the UK Tropical Peatlands Working Group and reflects the group’s ambition to work more closely together, using comparable research methods, in order to improve our understanding of carbon stocks and … Read more New paper in Wetlands Ecology and Management

New paper in Wetlands

Lawson et al. “The geochemistry of Amazonian peats” is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13157-014-0552-z. This paper discusses new and existing geochemical data from Quistococha, Peru, and attempts to build a framework for interpreting peat chemistry. This is an important tool for understanding the processes of peat accumulation and decay, and ecosystem functioning.