The use of long-term and interdisciplinary data to plan the sustainable use of peatlands

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Anne Tolvanen and Miia Parviainen
Book (published in): 
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
land use changes, monitoring data, peatlands, sustainability


The sharing and utilization of long-term monitoring data and scientific information in land use planning is still at its early phase. Plenty of challenges constrain the use: long-term databases are distributed in different organizations, their use is regulated or restricted by different policies, they are built using different platforms, and the data have usually been measured using different methods, spatial and temporal scales, and using different response variables. Consequently, planning is based on the most easily accessible data, the quality of which is variable. Furthermore, ecological, economic and socio-cultural information are generally produced separately, and the integration of complicated interdisciplinary data is done outside the expert group, e.g. by politicians and land managers. The...