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Comment on: “Peatland carbon stocks and burn history: blanket bog peat core evidence highlights charcoal impacts on peat physical properties and long-term carbon storage,” by A. Heinemeyer, Q. Asena, W.L. Burn and A.L. Jones (Geo: Geography and Environment 2018; e00063)

Evans, Chris D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7052-354X; Baird, Andy J.; Green, Sophie M.; Page, Susan E.; Peacock, Michael; Reed, Mark S.; Rose, Neil L.; Stoneman, Rob; Thom, Tim J.; Young, Dylan M.; Garnett, Mark H.. 2019 Comment on: “Peatland carbon stocks and burn history: blanket bog peat core evidence highlights charcoal impacts on peat physical properties and long-term carbon storage,” by A. Heinemeyer, Q. Asena, W.L. Burn and A.L. Jones (Geo: Geography and Environment 2018; e00063). Geo: Geography and Environment, 6 (1), e00075. 5, pp. https://doi.org/10.1002/geo2.75

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Abstract/Summary

A recent paper by Heinemeyer et al. (2018) in this journal has suggested that the use of prescribed fire may enhance carbon accumulation in UK upland blanket bogs. We challenge this finding based on a number of concerns with the original manuscript including the lack of an unburned control, insufficient replication, unrecognised potential confounding factors, and potentially large inaccuracies in the core dating approach used to calculate carbon accumulation rates. We argue that burn‐management of peatlands is more likely to lead to carbon loss than carbon gain.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1002/geo2.75
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2054-4049
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: blanket bog, carbon, fire, moorland management, peatlands
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Date made live: 24 Jul 2019 10:32 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/524475

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