Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Research article
24 Mar 2022
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2022

Identification of typical ecohydrological behaviours using InSAR allows landscape-scale mapping of peatland condition

Andrew V. Bradley, Roxane Andersen, Chris Marshall, Andrew Sowter, and David J. Large

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The condition of peatland largely determines its capacity to store carbon, but peatland condition is not accurately known. Combining the knowledge of management, vegetation, and detecting differences in seasonal surface movement from satellite radar data, we map peat condition. In a blanket bog landscape we discovered the presence of wetter and dryer conditions, which could help guide restoration decisions, and we conclude that this approach could  be transferred peat management worldwide.