Articles | Volume 21, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6031–6048, 2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6031–6048, 2017

Research article 30 Nov 2017

Research article | 30 Nov 2017

Hydrogeological controls on spatial patterns of groundwater discharge in peatlands

Danielle K. Hare et al.

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This research examines what processes drive the location and strength of groundwater springs within a peatland environment. Using temperature and geophysical methods, we demonstrate that the relationship between regional groundwater flow gradients and the basin shape below the peatland surface control where groundwater springs occur. Understanding this relationship will support effective restoration efforts, as groundwater spring locations are important to overall peatland function and ecology.