Friday, 3 February 2012

World Wetlands Day at Bangor University

Yesterday (February 2) was World Wetlands Day and I put together a piece about our research team's work for the Bangor University website.

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar - known as the Ramsar Convention.

The aim of of the event is to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.

Follow the link to read what we get up to at the Wolfson Carbon Capture Laboratory.

Here's the description of my PhD research project:

"I’m looking at developing geoengineering techniques to increase the amount of carbon stored in the world’s peatlands. If we can come up with a safe, cost effective way of doing this it may be possible to absorb some of the excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s hoped this could start to reverse the effects of global warming; saving many species and eco-systems which are at risk of extinction, and even stop catastrophic shifts in our weather patterns and rises in sea levels. The work also has more immediate financial benefits, as any additional carbon stored by peatlands can be accounted for and sold on emerging carbon markets.
I get to look at all types of peatlands, from blanket bogs on our doorstep here in Snowdonia, to the mangroves in Florida and from Arctic permafrosts to tropical swamps."

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