Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Clim. Past, 12, 129–136, 2016
Clim. Past, 12, 129–136, 2016

Research article 28 Jan 2016

Research article | 28 Jan 2016

Climate-driven expansion of blanket bogs in Britain during the Holocene

A. V. Gallego-Sala et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (26 Dec 2015) by Denis-Didier Rousseau
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ED: Publish as is (09 Jan 2016) by Denis-Didier Rousseau
Short summary
It has become a well-established paradigm that blanket bog landscapes in the British Isles are a result of forest clearance by early human populations. We provide a novel test of this hypothesis using results from bioclimatic modelling driven by cimate reconstructions compared with a database of peat initiation dates. Both results show similar patterns of peat initiation over time and space. This suggests that climate was the main driver of blanket bog inception and not human disturbance.