An exciting opportunity to study the link between the upland peatlands of the Peak District and their effect on the Carbon and Water cycles. This will lead your students to a greater understanding of the role that peat plays in mitigating climate change.
This is a quantitative study of one of the Peak District National Parks' Peatland ecosystems - Available between September and March. (This isn't available during bird breeding season April - July)
Using a selection of fieldwork methods, such as quadrats, transects and identification keys, various biotic and abiotic parameters can be measured, and the volume and mass of peat and carbon can be calculated. This can then be related to the key position that soils, such as peat play in mitigating climate change and flooding.
Excel spread sheets and statistical analysis can be used in self led follow-up activities.
Suitable for: Geography A level students - All exam specs
Duration: up to 5 hours (10.00 - 3.00)
Location: White Path Moss, Stanage Edge, Upper Burbage Valley, Goyt Valley (subject to SSSI permissions)