Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Clim. Past, 12, 129–136, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-129-2016
Clim. Past, 12, 129–136, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-129-2016

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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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.