Global peatland database at Greifswald Mire Centre - Integration, evaluation and generation of geospatial data

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Alexandra Barthelmes, Cosima Tegetmeyer, Franziska Tanneberger, Reni Barthelmes, Stephan Busse and Hans Joosten
Book (published in): 
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
GPD, database, peatlands, evaluation



The importance of the huge amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by drained peatlands has recently been recognised by e.g. UNFCCC, IPCC, FAO and the European Union. Also ecosystem services delivered by undrained natural and restored peatlands, like biodiversity, conservation, water retention and regulation, nutrient retention or provision of facilities for tourism gain increasing interest. However, the development of adequate restoration strategies requires the availability of comprehensive and exact geospatial data on the drainage status of peatlands and organic soils worldwide. The Global Peatland Database (GPD) hosted at the Greifswald...