Research

 YPP is committed to initiating and supporting research into varied aspects of peatland systems. Of particular importance to YPP is promoting research into the direct effects of restoration on peatland ecosystem service such as water, carbon and habitat. Outcomes from such research can be used as a basis for communicating the positive benefits of restoration to a wider audience.

Current projects; Below are details of current research projects funded and/or partnered by the Yorkshire Peat Partnership.

MSc – University of Southampton – “Management burning in the uplands: A regional assessment of aereal extent using GIS.” COMPLETE

PhD University of Gloucester - Palaeoecological evidence of land management using cores. Professor Frank Chambers. For a summary of the project click here.

 PhD – University of York; Peatland ecosystem services resilience under land management and climate change scenarios” – A linked CASE studentship to Defra project CTE1121. Dr Andreas Heinemeyer. Phoebe Morton is in the process of completing a literature review and her field work is currently focusing on peat shrinkage and expansion, measurements of net ecosystem exchange and classification of microtopography. She has produced a great poster that synthesises some of her work to date.

 MSc – University of York; Elaine Archers dissertation entitled; “Considering heather blanket bog management practices and their ecological and ecosystem services impact” is now available to read here.

MSc – University of Leeds – YPP is finalising an MSc project in collaboration with Dr. Pippa Chapman from Water@Leeds. At present the focus of the research is natural revegetation and revegetation following intervention (grip/gully blocking). Details of the final project brief will be available when finalised.

DEFRA project CTE1121 - University of York - Restoration of blanket bog vegetation for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water regulation. Dr Andreas Heinemeyer. The final version of an extensive literature review is currently being approved by Defra after which it will be available. Additionally, some mowing and burning treatments have taken place but again the weather hindered the completion of all treatments at all sites. For up to date project information and latest outputs see; https://sites.google.com/a/york.ac.uk/peatlandesuk/home 

Leeds University Sustainability Research InstituteA field visit and afternoon workshop was held on the 4th of March at Cray Moss and Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales. The focus of the day was stakeholder engagement; conflicts and synergies. The team comprised Leeds University and YPP staff with representatives from the Moorland Association, the farming and gamekeeping community and conservation bodies kindly contributing their time to talk about moorland management to a group of sixteen students. To find out more about the day click here.

Monitoring techniques - field trip with Richard Lindsay, University of East London – Richard Lindsay and some of his team have kindly offered to join YPP and York University on a field trip to trial monitoring techniques particularly in relation to classifying and measuring microtopography. This will take place later on in 2013.

 GIS – A GIS volunteer has joined us to help complete bare peat spectral analysis for up to two days a week. He is currently undertaking a GIS MSc at the University of Leeds and is hoping to work closely with YPP to conduct a piece of research that also meets YPP objectives for his final dissertation. 

 Yorkshire Peat Partnership – The extensive datasets that YPP have collected are currently being collated, validated and analysed in order publish results to date.

Leeds University School of Geography and Natural England - Workplace Co-operative - Field work took place from 18th – 20th March, consisting of 2 days at Humberhead levels and 1 day at Cray Moss a National Trust site, Yorkshire Dales. High resolution peat depth and  vegetation classification data were collected by 4 teams consisting of YPP, Natural England and Leeds University. The data should provide more detailed information on spatial variability in upland and lowland peatland systems, outputs should be available within the next few months. See here for more details on potential project outputs.