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Microclimate of Developed Peatland of the Mega Rice Project in Central Kalimantan

Author(s): Adi Jaya | Takashi Inoue | Suwido Hester Limin | Untung Darung | Irwan Sukri Banuwa

Journal: Jurnal Tanah Tropika
ISSN 0852-257X

Volume: 15;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 63;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Peatlands | soil moisture | temperature

In Indonesia peatland covers an area of 16 to 27 Mha and this ecosystem is vitally linked toenvironmental and conservation issues, as well as its economic value for human survival. These peatlands are,however, the subject of various land use pressures, including forestry, agriculture, energy and horticulture. A fieldstudy was carried out 6 years after the end of failed peatland development project shows that inappropriate andunsustainable forms of peatland management have resulted in degradation of the natural forest vegetation, draw-downof the peat water table, increase of peat surface and air temperatures and recurrent surface and ground fires. Implicationsof microclimate for possible restoration options
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