New observation station at a former peat extraction area

A new observation station has been set up in Naarasneva, Soini, to study the climate impacts of the afforestation of a former peat extraction area.

INAR coordinates the TURNEE project "Forestry on peatlands - solutions for mitigation and increasing the net carbon sink" funded by the Catch the Carbon program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. Aim of the project is to find out solutions for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the carbon sinks of the cutaway or forested peatlands.

An observation station for the climate impacts of the afforestation of a former peat production area in Ostrobothnia, Finland, was built up by the project on 24.-26.8.2021. Carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange is measured by the eddy covariance method to determine wether the area acts as a source or sink of CO2. Also soil temperature at different depths and solar radiation in different wavelength bands are being observed. In addition to that, Neutral cluster and Air Ion Spectrometer (NAIS) will be installed to the station.

This is reportedly the first observation station established on a former peat extraction area, where the climate impacts of the afforestation are being measured as comprehensively as here.

For further information, contact
Annalea Lohila, Associate Professor, FMI/INAR 358 50 366 3242

Olli-Pekka Siira, Postdoctoral Researcher, ACCC/INAR
+358 50 514 1651