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Title: Methane from peat bogs : investigating zones of peak production
Author: Laing, Christopher Graham
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 616X
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 2006
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Organic matter has accumulated as peat in bogs since the last glacial retreat and its anaerobic decay by microbial communities produces methane (CH₄). CH₄ released from northern Boreal peat currently represents a significant proportion of the global budget but their contribution under future climates is uncertain. It is the surface peat 0-500 mm below the water table that is most important for emissions. This study aims to describe the vertical distribution of the gases CH₄, CO₂, O₂ and Ar and their fine scale (0.6 mm) variability in surface peat cores from a rain-fed bog using Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (QMS). Direct links between the physical structure of peat and distribution of microbial communities have been investigated to identify the determinants of gas distribution.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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