Widespread drying of European peatlands in recent centuries

  title={Widespread drying of European peatlands in recent centuries},
  author={Graeme T. Swindles and Paul J. Morris and Donal Mullan and Richard John Payne and Thomas P. Roland and Matthew J. Amesbury and Mariusz Lamentowicz and T. Edward Turner and Angela V. Gallego-Sala and Thomas G. Sim and Iestyn D. Barr and Maarten Blaauw and Antony Blundell and Frank M Chambers and Dan J. Charman and Angelica Feurdean and Jennifer M. Galloway and Mariusz Gałka and Sophie M. Green and Katarzyna Kajukało and Edgar Karofeld and Atte Korhola and Łukasz Lamentowicz and Peter G. Langdon and Katarzyna Marcisz and Dmitri Mauquoy and Yuri A. Mazei and M. Margaret Mckeown and Edward A. D. Mitchell and Elena Yu. Novenko and Gill Plunkett and Helen M. Roe and Kristian Schoning and {\"U}lle Sillasoo and Andrey N. Tsyganov and Marjolein van der Linden and Minna M V{\"a}liranta and Barry G. Warner},
  journal={Nature Geoscience},
Climate warming and human impacts are thought to be causing peatlands to dry, potentially converting them from sinks to sources of carbon. However, it is unclear whether the hydrological status of peatlands has moved beyond their natural envelope. Here we show that European peatlands have undergone substantial, widespread drying during the last ~300 years. We analyse testate amoeba-derived hydrological reconstructions from 31 peatlands across Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and Continental Europe… 
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