The 1st of October sees the start of this year’s moorland burning season.
Our research has increased understanding of the effects of prescribed vegetation burning on blanket peatland hydrology, chemistry and physical properties, and on the hydrology, water quality and biota of rivers in upland peat-dominated catchments. It is the first time that a systematic and comprehensive assessment of burned and unburned catchments has been carried out.
The project was initiated in response to concerns over the intensification of rotational heather burning on blanket peatlands and the lack of evidence to inform various stakeholders about the environmental effects.
The research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council with additional support from Yorkshire Water.
If you refer to or use information contained in these reports, please let us know and include us in your citations:
Brown, L. E, Holden, J. and Palmer, S. M. (2014) Effects of moorland burning on the ecohydrology of river basins. Key findings from the EMBER project. University of Leeds.
Lee Brown: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/geography/staff/1009/professor-lee-brown
Joseph Holden: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/geography/staff/1049/professor-joseph-holden
Sheila Palmer: https://water.leeds.ac.uk/profiles/dr-sheila-palmer/
Articles published in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals
*This paper examines how burning alters peatland vegetation composition, which contextualises the whole EMBER project.
River runoff and flood generation processes
* This paper relates to Part 4 of the report. It provides more conclusive findings of soil and river hydrology, particularly during peak rainfall events, following further analyses of the data since 2014.
River ecosystems and biodiversity
* These papers relate to Part 6 of the report
* This paper relates to Part 5 of the report
* This paper relates to Parts 3 and 4 of the report
General review/ commentary
* A review paper that integrates parts of the EMBER report with research by other scientists
* A critical comment on a paper that discussed various issues related to moorland burning
*A critical analysis of previous work and associated funding sources showing that the EMBER findings are robust.