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Andy Baird Prof Andy Baird

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


+44 (0) 113 34 36834

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Work in progress

I have held or co-held over £1.1 M of funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

  • 2007-2010 – The role of pipes in carbon export from peatlands. This is a NERC-funded project (£407 k) led by Joe Holden at the School of Geography; I am one of the co-investigators. The project is looking at the role of natural pipes in the export of dissolved and particulate carbon from northern peatlands.
  • 2008-2010 – Efflux of methane (CH4) to the atmosphere from northern peatlands via ebullition: the role of plants and peat structure. This is a NERC-funded project (£365 k) which I lead and which involves collaboration with colleagues at the University of Lancaster. It aims to find out more about how bubbles of methane build up in and are lost from peatlands to the atmosphere.
  • 2009-2010 – Biophysical drivers of methane ebullition in northern peatlands. This too is a NERC-funded project (£93 k) led by Yit Teh at the University of St Andrews, with co-investigators at the Universities of York and Bristol as well as Leeds. It seeks to elucidate the role of atmospheric pressure, temperature and rainfall on ebullition from methane ‘hotspots’ in blanket peatlands.

Previous projects

  • 2007-2008 – The effects of fire on peatland carbon stocks and dynamics. A NERC-funded project led by Lisa Belyea (Queen Mary University of London) (£130 k) that looked at how the pattern of burn from the fire of April 2007 at the Silver Flowe blanket peatland in SW Scotland was affected by vegetation patterning and how the fire might influence future carbon sequestration at the site and rates of peat decomposition.
  • 2004-2009 – Cors Fochno hydrological research and management study. An Environment Agency (through the Heritage Lottery Fund) and Countryside Council for Wales funded project (£163 k) that looked at how the estuarine raised bog of Cors Fochno in W Wales might be affected by sea-level rise and changes in climate. The work involved computer simulation of tidal and fluvial flooding as well as modelling of water tables across the main bog dome.
  • 2003-2005 – Field testing of two improved models of soil thermal behaviour in northern peatlands. A NERC-funded project (£25 k) led by me that looked at how near-surface hydrological conditions – in particular the position of the water table – affect peatland thermal behaviour. The effect of surface vegetation patterning on peatland thermal behaviour was also investigated. Much of the work on this project was carried out by Nick Kettridge (Lancaster University).
  • 2002-2004 – Synoptic monitoring of hydrological conditions in northern peatlands. Again funded by NERC this project looked at the prospect of monitoring peatland hydrological conditions using air-borne remote sensing. This project – worth £23 k in kind – was led by Rob Bryant at the University of Sheffield.