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Andy Baird Prof Andy Baird

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Room 10.37 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 36834

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Research overview

I hold the position of Chair in Wetland Science. My research looks to understand ecosystem dynamics in wetlands, particularly peatlands, with a focus on the water and carbon cycles and on the use of numerical models.

Much of my research considers the physical processes of water, heat and gas transfer in peat soils. Peatlands are globally-important carbon stores (they contain at least a third of the global soil carbon store) and are both sinks and sources of atmospheric carbon dioxide and sources of atmospheric methane. Because of this, they are thought to exert an important control on global climate. 


Latest publications

Current projects

  • 2007-2010 – The role of pipes in carbon export from peatlands
  • 2008-2010 – Efflux of methane (CH4) to the atmosphere from northern peatlands via ebullition: the role of plants and peat structure.
  • 2009-2010 – Biophysical drivers of methane ebullition in northern peatlands

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