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Antony Blundell Dr Antony Blundell

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
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Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

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Upland catchment management for water colour reduction

Increasing levels of water colouration and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) are a concern in many upland catchments in northern Britain. It is particularly of concern to water companies who are required to remove the colouration, traditionally via engineering solutions (eg. MIEX). This study initially aims to monitor a selection of catchments with regard to water colouration and levels of DOC production. Peatland management strategies aimed at elevating water tables and regenerating a more bio diverse vegetation cover will later be applied and the implications assessed against the prior monitoring period. This project is in sponsored by Yorkshire Water.

 

The value and implications of palaeoecological investigations from blanket moor for contextualising contemporary land management decisions

Realization of the economic and environmental value of peatlands has led both public and private organizations to implement ‘restoration’ schemes. The word ‘restore’ implies that you reverse the adverse effects that have occurred and return the ecosystem to a state pre-disturbance. Restoration schemes centre on the objectives of raising the water table via blocking drainage channels and gullies and revegetating bare areas of peat that are prone to erosion. The target is often the reinstatement of Sphagnum as a significant part of the bog flora as this will produce a peat accumulating system. Restoration of a peatland implies you have knowledge of its previous ecological history from which you can attain a blueprint to restore to. Palaeoecological techniques offer an excellent way to gain information regarding the past ecological status of a site, potentially providing a context and support for remediation. This project has employed these techniques to provide context for an upland catchment in Yorkshire and ultimately support for proposed management changes. The project highlights the worth of these techniques for land managers and academics alike.

 

Strong ecological memory in patterned raised bogs: the case of peat permeability (Baird, Milner and Blundell)