Past, Present and Future of the Peatlands of the Central Congo Basin

Credit: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace 

About the Project

In 2017 our research team revealed that the world's largest tropical peatland is located in the geographical heart of Africa. Over 10,000 years peat has been building up. Today the central Congo peatlands store 30 billion tonnes of carbon, requiring careful protection.

CongoPeat brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading experts to study this newly discovered yet threatened ecosystem.

Credit: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace

Had a wonderful time presenting my recent work on @CongoPeat at #EGU24 in BG3.18 thankyou to the convenors for such an insightful and exciting session! 🍃🌳

Thanks to all our presenters for a fascinating range of peatland topics in BG3.18 #peatland session this morning. We had a full room 😊. Posters follow this afternoon in Hall X1.

#CongoPeat Project Associate @Kirby_Robinson_ @GeologyLeics will present a poster at EGU24 on deciphering the chemistry and using plants to understand the peat found in the central Congo peatlands.

🗓️Tue 16 April

Session X1.37

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