The NOBV conducts research at various locations,
where a range of measures and situations are examined.
Greenhouse gas fluxes are measured at all locations.
Soil chemistry and soil physics are also researched,
and soil subsidence is measured as well.
The Climate Agreement includes agreements on limiting CO2 emissions in the Netherlands. Peat decomposition in the Dutch peatlands is one of the sources of CO2 emissions. It is estimated to contribute 2 to 3 % of total Dutch emissions. Peat decomposition is a natural process in which oxygen penetrates the soil. As a result, bacteria are able to break down the peat. This process means that the peat disappears in the form of CO2, which also leads to subsidence. In addition, peat soils can release methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O).
For peatlands, the Climate Agreement has set out a 1.0 Mton reduction in annual emissions by 2030. But what is the current emission level from peatlands? What effects do the various measures to fight subsidence have on greenhouse gas emissions? When it comes to the measures that have been or are being developed to reduce emissions, how do they work? And what role do aspects such as soil life and water quality play in peat decomposition?
The Dutch National Research Programme on Greenhouse Gases in Peatlands (NOBV) was launched in 2019 in order to answer these questions. Its objective is to research the effectiveness of the measures taken, and to be able to better predict emission levels. The effect on subsidence will also be charted. The programme will use research results from locations across the Netherlands.
Various universities and knowledge centres are taking part in the research programme. The research is conducted thanks to a subsidy from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and directed by the Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA).
KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE VENTURE
The NOBV organises the Peatlands Greenhouse Gas Knowledge Exchange Venture, in collaboration with the National Soil Subsidence Knowledge Programme (NKB). The objective of the Knowledge Exchange Venture is to exchange knowledge on greenhouse gas emissions from peat soils. Each meeting focuses on one specific aspect of the research. Obviously, there is also room for discussion and questions. Are you interested in taking part? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to the NOBV’s newsletter . Want to know more about the NKB’s Knowledge Exchange Ventures? Take a look at the website.