About the book
The text “Peatland Ecosystems” aims to be the vanguard wetland resource for articulating the achievements of protection and restoration of peatlands, understanding their nutrient pathways, documenting their vital ecosystem services and for instituting insightful research and mitigating climate change across the globe. Peatlands are Histosols and their unique physical and chemical pathways that interact to support wetland habitats. Peatlands reside in almost every nation and collectively constitute 3% of the global land surface. Damaged peatlands contribute approximately 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the land use sector. Additionally, wetlands support an intense array of microorganism that purify water resources. Peatlands act to minimize the risk of flooding and drought, reduce the risk of saltwater intrusion and provide for a diverse biodiversity. Currently, many nations have enacted regulatory protocols to safeguard these resources and to protect them from further degradation.
This book intends to provide the reader with an accurate and completely modern understanding of peatland ecosystems, their diversity across contrasting landscapes, their ability to be managed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and their compatibility with human communities to safely provide pristine and sustainable water resources.