UK scientists will study climate change over the past 200 years on Siberian swamps
«The British experts have studied peat bogs that absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, i.e. carbon and methane, and therefore play an important role in cooling the planet. The aim of the study is to find out how the marshes had been reacting to changes in the climate,» an expert from Tomsk University explained.
He said that the peat bogs contain well preserved information about the climatic events of the last centuries. To obtain that data, the researchers took samples of the upper layers of the peat, and the samples will be analysed at the University of York. Scientists will assess changes in concentration of carbon over the past 150−200 years, how the climate changed, and how the water level changed in response to these events.