Boreal peatlands from space: towards a new era of spectral characterization

Project Details


Peatlands spark heated environmental and economic discussions, and they play a major role in climate change mitigation. In 2020, United Nation's FAO has declared that comprehensive peatland mapping and monitoring are urgently needed - the current monitoring systems are not capable of producing information on peatlands' status and diversity. PEATSPEC project will grasp the exciting opportunities to monitor peatlands from space created by the availability of new satellite data and technologies. Our objectives are to create a fundamental understanding of how novel satellite remote sensing techniques can be used to characterize properties of plant communities and their spatial and seasonal changes in different types of boreal peatlands. Furthermore, using time series of satellite data, PEATSPEC will produce the first spatially continuous assessment of how boreal peatland management is connected to albedo ("reflectivity").
Effective start/end date01/09/202131/08/2025

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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