The Newsletter

The Can-Peat newsletter is published four times a year. Articles focus on research updates from the project and greater peatland community, upcoming peatland-related events, and research team profiles. 

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April 2024, vol. 2, issue 2

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Can-Peat 2024 Annual Meeting

This year's annual meeting built on the main themes of the project discussed at our 2023 Kickoff such as Indigenous engagement and data sovereignty and accessibility. We also met with our advisory committees to discuss the project's direction and progress.

Drs. Rezanezhad and Van Cappellen of Can-Peat have published a paper in Geoderma on synthesis data analysis investigating the spatial distribution pattern of temperature sensitivity (Q10) of peat respiration and its correlation with climate conditions, soil properties, and hydrology. 

February 2024, vol. 2, issue 1

Monday, February 12, 2024

Can-Peat 2024 Annual Meeting

Can-Peat is excited to announce our annual meeting on February 20-22 in Quebec City. Although the main meeting is for members only, we are hosting a public Peatland Science Symposium jointly with the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG). Additionally, the outcomes will be shared in the next newsletter so stay tuned!

November 2023, vol. 1, issue 4

Dr. Saraswati, formally of Dr. Strack's research group, currently of the Ecohydrology Research Group, wins NSERC Banting fellowship.

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July 2023, vol. 1, issue 3

Monday, July 31, 2023

The Peatland Project List

Communication and cross-discipline collaboration is often limited to the same groups leading to duplicated efforts and missed synergies. To improve this, Can-Peat is developing a public list of Canadian peatland projects.

Submit your project here!

April 2023, vol. 1, issue 2

Monday, April 17, 2023

The Can-Peat Kickoff

By Nancy Goucher

Can-Peat: Peatlands as nature-based climate solutions got down to work at its first annual workshop held in Waterloo, ON at the end of January 2023. The meeting brought together 36 researchers, NGOs, industry, government and Indigenous communities from across Canada to discuss plans for meeting their ambitious goals which include creating a Canadian peatland network, developing a database to house peatland carbon data, advancing peatland carbon models, and identifying mechanisms for implementing peatland nature-based solutions.

Monday, April 17, 2023

How a wildfire changed my PhD

By Christopher Schulze 

In June 2019, a peatland burned near my long-term peatland research site in northernmost Alberta. This changed my PhD, as I and my supervisors David Olefeldt (University of Alberta) and Oliver Sonnentag (Université de Montréal) realized that this presented a rare opportunity.

By Marissa Davies

My project aims to test how the timing and combination of treatments impacts peatland carbon losses and recovery from fire using the Canadian Model for Peatlands (CaMP), which tracks carbon pools and fluxes pre- and post-disturbances. This work will support continued field studies and explore recovery trajectories on timescales of 50-100 years. My work will also help to include more fire scenarios within CaMP that can be used to predict carbon losses from fire at a national scale.

December 2022, vol. 1, issue 1

The Can-Peat newsletter will be published four times a year. Articles will focus on research updates, upcoming events, and research team profiles.

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Across Canada, and internationally, peatlands are subject to significant human disturbances, such as agricultural drainage, forestry drainage, peat extraction, and oil sands mining, which may convert them into a significant carbon (C) source, thus jeopardized their climate mitigation function.