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School of Geography

Changjia Li Changjia Li

Contact details

Room Garstang 10.08
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title

Blanket peat erosion processes and rates

Project overview

Blanket bogs cover about 8% of the UK and act as the largest terrestrial carbon store within the UK. In the long run, they play an important role in moderating the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration due to their ability to sequester carbon. Therefore, it is critical to protect and maintain the functionality of peatlands because their large carbon sink could help mitigate the impacts of future climate change. However, erosion of upland blanket bogs is common across the UK as a result of human disturbance (e.g. fires, extraction, drainage, afforestation etc.) and climate change. Blanket peat erosion has adverse impacts on landscapes, reservoir sedimentation , water quality and carbon dynamics. Although peatland erosion has been studied for almost sixty years some of the processes remain poorly understood. The prevention of peat erosion relies on selecting appropriate conservation strategies which in turn requires a thorough understanding of the peat erosion processes.


The overall aim of the study is to examine important peat erosion processes (rainsplash, freeze-thaw cycle) and rates across different scales.


Chinese Scholarships Council  & University of Leeds

Short Curriculum Vitae

Education background

2011.09-2014.06, Master of Hydraulics and River Dynamics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

2007.09-2011.06, Bachelor of Agricultural Water Conservancy Engineering, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou, China