Using satellites to save our peatlands – how and why?

Monitoring peatland rehabilitation from space. See this and other fascinating projects on display in the Designs for a Cooler Planet main exhibition in Marsio on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024.
Landscape from the Finnish peatlands.
Photo: Iuliia Burdun

Peatlands store nearly one-third of all carbon sequestered into soil. When they are dried or drained, the stored carbon is released in the atmosphere.
Restoration efforts play a crucial role in preventing climate warming, and monitoring the efforts is required to ensure success. Being a slow process and due to the nature of peatlands as wetlands, restoration is tricky to monitor on-site.
Thanks to the European Space Agency’s satellite images and Aalto researchers on the ground, an innovative remote sensing method makes monitoring quicker and more efficient in evaluating the effectiveness of the restoration efforts with impacts around the globe.

Aalto University peatland research

New remote sensing method helps monitor the results of peatlands rehabilitation

Aalto University researchers have led the application of a new remote sensing method for monitoring the effects of rehabilitation efforts of petlands,


Designs for a Cooler Planet

This fall, the festival celebrates innovative and collaborative designs addressing the impossible sustainability challenges. Experience tomorrow in Otaniemi on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024!

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Wood crystals on a black fabric.
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