Nutrient retention in vegetation of rewetted peatlands in North-eastern Germany

Peggy Steffenhagen, Tiemo Timmermann, Annett Frick, Karsten Schulz and Stefan Zerbe

After Wise Use – The Future of Peatlands, Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress: Peatland After-Use

germany, nutrient-retention, peatlands, rewetted

Steffenhagen et al. 2008: Nutrient retention in vegetation of rewetted peatlands


In North-eastern Germany large areas of degraded fen peatlands have recently been rewetted. Fully-automated classifica- tion of high-resolution satellite data enables mapping of the major dominant successional plant species. The newly established vegetation appears to store large quantities of nutrients and contributes to retention of nutrients mobilised from decomposition and peat soil degradation.