Western Siberia peatlands control the planet's climate

Christopher Freeman from Bangor University (UK) and Fabian Leroy from the University of Orléans (France) arrived at Yugra State University to continue the experiment started in 2012 at the field station of YuSU - "Mukhrino", which is a research site, equipped directly on Mukhrino peatlands, 30 km from Khanty-Mansiysk.

At the lecture, Chris Freeman presented general information about peatlands systems. Students learned that the peatlands on Earth occupy an area of 3%, and store 33% of the total carbon of the planet. Most of peatlands are located in the northern latitudes, most of them in Western Siberia.

The report of Fabian Leroy was devoted to the biodiversity of peatland flora and fauna, methods of studying peatland systems and research of the scientific group on Mukhrino.

Scientists urged students to protect nature, to gain deep knowledge.