Belarus Peatland Database
Thiele, Annett; Liaščynskaya, Nadzeya; Broska, Tatsiana; Bärisch, Susanne; Skuratovič, Arkadi; Dubovik, Dimitri; Stepanovič, Jazep; Ermolenko, Galina; Sozinov, Oleg; Sakovič, Anastasia
Belarus with its cold temperate climate and humid conditions is a country with substantial territories covered by peatlands (14.2% or 29,390 km² before complex melioration), of which 30% are still in near natural conditions. Climate, geological and abiotic conditions favor the development of mainly bogs in the north, transitional and fen peatlands in central regions and vast base rich fen peatlands in the southern region. This data base covers 750 nested plots (0.64 m² and 25 m²) with Braun-Blanquet cover scale, water level measurement (12–36 months on 255 plots), soil pH (on all plots), C/N ratio (on 300 plots) on a range from natural, near natural, degraded and rewetted fen, transitional and bog peatlands from 28 investigation sites spread all over the country.