Care-Peat Interreg Europe Project Meeting

David attended the Care-Peat (Carbon Reduction through Peatlands) Interreg Europe Project Meeting in Tyrellspass, Co. Westmeath and the subsequent visit to one of the demonstration sites at Cloncrow Bog. Over the duration of the 3-year project, Earthy Matters will provide GHG expertise and data to the Irish partners of the project that also includes partners in France, Belgium, Netherlands and UK.

Photo: Chris Uys

Photo: Chris Uys

AUGER project

Our last week of peat coring in the AUGER project. Over two years, we have taken nearly 300 cores across a wide range of peatland land categories - pristine, grassland, peat extraction (domestic and industrial) and forested sites. Our deepest core was around 9m and the most shallow was 0.5m. The data will feed into the ECOSSE model and forms the basis of PhD student Kilian Walz’s thesis.

Pristine blanket bog, Co. Donegal. Photo: David Wilson

Pristine blanket bog, Co. Donegal. Photo: David Wilson

Wetscapes conference, Germany

On the 5th and 6th September 2018, David attended and presented at the Wetscapes: Peat under water conference near Rostock, Germany. His talk was titled “Multi-year GHG balances and vegetation dynamics in rewetted peatlands in Ireland”, where he discussed site specific GHG responses to rewetting after the cessation of peat extraction/drainage.

Automated chambers at the polder Zarnekow site. Photo: David Wilson

Automated chambers at the polder Zarnekow site. Photo: David Wilson

Moyarwood

Chambers employed to measure methane and nitrous oxide fluxes at the rewetted raised bog at Moyarwood, Co. Galway. Photo: David Wilson.

Chambers employed to measure methane and nitrous oxide fluxes at the rewetted raised bog at Moyarwood, Co. Galway. Photo: David Wilson.

So, after five years of measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes in all kinds of weather, we made our final visit to the Moyarwood site. Drained in the 1980s by Bord na Móna, the site was earmarked for peat extraction but was never exploited, although domestic turf cutting had taken place around the margins of the site. The site was rewetted in 2012/2013 (by drain blocking) and we measured GHG fluxes from that time until today. Now, we will process the data and submit our findings for peer-review.