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Auchencorth Moss

UK-AMo
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GB
2021-11-17
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Auchencorth Moss station (ICOS code UK-AMo) is a low-lying ombrotrophic peatland situated 17 km southwest of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). The open moorland site has an extensive uniform fetch over blanket bog to the south, west and north with a dominant wind direction from the south-west; winds from the north-east are the second most important wind direction. The terrain is relatively flat with a complex micro-topography consisting of hummocks and hollows. Hummocks are relatively small in size (typically 40 cm in diameter and _30 cm in height) and covered by either a mix of Deschampsia flexuosa (L.) Trin. and Eriophorum vaginatum L., or Juncus effusus L.. In contrast, hollows are dominated by mosses (Sphagnum papillosum Lindb. and Polytrichum commune Hedw.) and a layer of grasses. The site was drained more than 100 years ago; the drains have become progressively less effective and re-vegetated over time, leading to slow and progressive rewetting of the site. Over the last 20 years, the site has been used for seasonal low intensity sheep grazing; areas of peat extraction occur at the margins of the catchment outside the footprint of the flux tower measurements. Parent material comprises Upper Carboniferous/Lower Devonian sedimentary rocks overlain by fluvio-glacial till; peat depth ranges from < 0.5 to > 5 m. Long-term research on C fluxes is focussed on the 3.4 km2 upper part of the catchment (elevation range 249?300 m) where the soils comprise peats (85 %), Gleysols (9 %), Humic Gleysols (3 %) and Cambisols (3 %).
7.6 °C
960.0 mm
89.79 W/m2

Acknowledgements

Funder Award number Award Start date End date Comment
Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) National capability (NC) funding UK-SCAPE 2018-04-01 2023-03-01 Funding award extended
Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) National capability (NC) funding UK-SCAPE 2018-04-01 2023-03-01 Funding award extended

Current staff

Name Role (ICOS vocabulary) Start date
Mhairi Coyle Researcher 2018-08-28
Maude Grenier Researcher 2022-05-01
Duncan Harvey Engineer 2018-08-28
Carole Helfter Researcher 2021-01-16
Matthew Jones Engineer 2018-08-28
Sarah Leeson Engineer 2018-08-28
Peter Levy Researcher 2018-08-28
Neil Mullinger Engineer 2019-08-23
Eiko Nemitz Principal Investigator 2018-08-28
Netty van Dijk Engineer 2018-08-28
Karen Yeung Administrator 2021-01-16

Former staff

Name Role (ICOS vocabulary) Start date End date
Carole Helfter Administrator 2018-08-28 2021-01-15
Karen Yeung Engineer 2018-08-28 2021-01-15

Location

55.792545, -3.2436917
270 m
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