Natural Spaces

Peatland ACTION - Peat depth

Last update: 2017-06-05


Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has prepared a consolidated spatial dataset of peat depth measurement collected across Scotland. The information was collected during peat depth surveys conducted as part of various assessments carried out on sites that formed part of the Peatland ACTION project (2012-2017).

Surveys were conducted using the Peat depth survey guidance issued by Peatland action program. The current version of the dataset provides all available data on 31 January 2017. Additional dataset will be added to the database when they become available.

The surveys were conducted at a high spatial resolution (100m grid) over a wide geographical spread of the sites across Scotland.
The current version includes data collected from 100 projects with 168 individual sites surveys with 17869 individual survey points.

The average peat depth of the 168 sites is 2.18m with maximum depth of 18.8m. This could be approximate to 2.1 Mt of Carbon for the area restored.
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Acknowledgment:  Contains SNH information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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