ReDoCO2, method development and application
Depending on their present condition, peatlands can store a huge amount of carbon (C) or be a source of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a crucial challenge globally. In Denmark, peatlands constitute a key target to achieve the national goal of reducing CO2 emissions with 70% by 2030. There is thus a great need to investigate the spatial variability of peat soil properties in order to assess the total amount of C stored in these soils.
Through the combination of state of-the-art hardware, software, modelling techniques and IT technologies the present project will develop an overall methodology to map peatlands in detail and enable accurate estimates of CO2 emissions and potential C stocks. This methodology will provide decision-makers with detailed information and cost-effective tools to appropriately select which peatland areas to take out of agricultural production and restore. Notably, the combination of the drone-mounted cutting-edge geophysical sensors, advanced 2D modelling techniques and 3D software will be a game changer for peatland mapping both nationally and worldwide.