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Michael Swenson

PhD Researcher
Dept. of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering


Eco-hydrology and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Raised and Cutover Bog

Keywords: Ireland; peatlands; eco-hydrology; greenhouse gas emissions; climate change.


Raised bog make up a substantial part of the Irish physical and cultural landscape. Bogs, and more generally global peatlands, are well known to be significant to climate change. In particular, peatlands can be major sinks, sources, or stores of greenhouse gasses, depending on the condition of the ecosystem.

The aim of the research is to investigate greenhouse gas emissions from a historically harvested and unharvested peatland in the Irish midlands. The historically harvested site may be a proxy for the future emissions from harvested peatlands in Ireland. This work will also look at eco-hydrological interactions in a peatland to better understand the best practices of peatland restoration and management.

The research is funded by the Irish EPA.


Project Supervisor: Prof. Laurence Gill