speaker: Freddie Draper
(University of Leeds)
building: Irvine Building
room: Seminar Room 310
see also: additional details
Freddie Draper is a 3rd year PhD student from the University of Leeds.
The Pastaza Marañon foreland basin in North-east Peru has recently been found to harbour extensive peatlands that are known to store large quantities of carbon and contain a diverse range of ecosystem types. However, much uncertainty remains regarding the quantity of carbon stored within the basin, and very little is known of the vegetation found in the peatlands. In this seminar I will present two things: Firstly, a new quantification of the peatland above- and below-ground carbon stock that uses a novel data fusion approach, encompassing both optical and radar remote sensing products alongside extensive field measurements. Secondly, I will present contemporary and historical vegetation (pollen) data from over 80 forest plots and four peat cores, providing new insights into vegetation dynamics through both space and time in these peatland ecosystems.
If you are interested in the carbon part of this work, you can find more information here:
The part about contemporary and historical vegetation is new and exciting and not yet published… so you’ll have to come along and hear about it!