The Valuing Nature Programme’s Peatland Tipping Points project is investigating how changes in climate and how we manage land might lead to abrupt changes, or “tipping points”, in the benefits that peatlands provide to UK society.
- Project Dates: 2016-2019
- Project Leader: Prof Mark Reed
- Staff: Mark Reed, Gavin Stewart and Mark Whittingham (Biology)
- Sponsors: NERC Valuing Nature Programme
- Partners: University of Leeds, Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Scotland’s Rural College, British Trust for Ornithology and IUCN UK Peatland Programme
This research will identify early warning signs (such as changes in common insects) and provide evidence about the likely economic and social impacts of reaching tipping points. This information will be used to develop options for policy and practice that can help prevent tipping points being reached and facilitate restoration and sustainable management of peatlands across the UK.
The project will achieve these outcomes using computer models calibrated with field measurements, experimental ecology, and methods from qualitative social sciences and ecological economics.
We are working closely with stakeholders to identify options for policy and practice that can cost-effectively protect the natural environment and rural communities in these areas after the UK leaves the European Union.
Project website: www.peatlandtippingpoints.com