Big Sky, Big Future

Thomas Newman - School of Geography, Geology and the Environment

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The East Anglian Fens are famed for their big skies and once expansive and unmanaged deep peatlands. Through extensive drainage and cultivation since the mid 1800’s, much of the original peat has been lost, and with it the valuable carbon it once stored. This picture depicts Wicken Fen, one of the last bastions of near natural fenland left. At the heart of the fen is a University of Leicester emissions monitoring station (Flux Tower), providing invaluable data on how much carbon is emitted or stored each year, helping understand Wicken Fen’s future carbon store functionality.