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Dr Chris Marshall

Institution: SAMS / UHI
Department / group: Environmental Research Institute
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Research interests:

My research focuses on examining landscape scale peatland processes in the present and geological past to understand the controls on peatland resilience to future climatic change.

I am currently contributing to a Leverhulme leadership award examining how satellite radar can be used to assess future peatland resilience and the NERC funded ‘Fire Blanket’ project assessing the impact of large fires in the Flow Country in 2019.
I am involved in a project in conjunction with Forestry and Land Scotland and Peatland Action to assess how bog breathing characteristics as measured by satellite radar can be used to determine peatland condition and assess the effectiveness of peatland restoration at a national scale.
I am working with colleagues at the University Centre in Svalbard to examine what high latitude coals can tell us about peat formation in a warm Arctic.

Career history:

2013 – 2015 – University of Nottingham – Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Coal Geology – Landscape hydrology of high latitude coals and coal as a high resolution dust deposition record.
2013/2014 – Store Norske AS, Spitsbergen, Assistant Geologist, Sedimentary core logging of coal bearing sediment in Spitsbergen.
2016-2017 – University of Nottingham, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Peatland Science – Feasibility study examining use of satellite radar to examine tropical peatland condtion.
2017-2019 – University of Nottingham/UHI, Postdoctoral Research Fellow InSAR ToPS project – Validation of satellite radar over the Flow Country using precision levelling.
2019-2020 – University of Nottingham, Peatland Scientist, Pilot study examining use of ‘bog breathing’ as a national peatland condition monitoring tool with Peatland Action and Forestry and Land Scotland
2020 to Present – University of the Highlands and Islands -Peatland Scientist Work Package Lead – Leverhulme Award on Peatland Resilience

Active research projects:

Leverhulme Leadership Award – 2020-2025 Developing a new understanding of blanket bog resilience: from molecules to landscapes

Recent publications:

Bradley, A. V., Andersen, R., Marshall, C., Sowter, A., and Large, D. J.: Identification of typical eco-hydrological behaviours using InSAR allows landscape-scale mapping of peatland condition, Earth Surf. Dynam. Discuss. [preprint],, in Accepted 2022.

Marshall, Chris, Henk P. Sterk, Peter J. Gilbert, Roxane Andersen, Andrew V. Bradley, Andrew Sowter, Stuart Marsh, and David J. Large. 2022. "Multiscale Variability and the Comparison of Ground and Satellite Radar Based Measures of Peatland Surface Motion for Peatland Monitoring" Remote Sensing 14, no. 2: 336.

Marshall, C., Bradley, A.V., Andersen, R. and Large, D.J. 2021. Using peatland surface motion (bog breathing) to monitor Peatland Action sites. NatureScot Research Report 1269

Large, D. J., Marshall, C., Jochmann, M., Jensen, M., Spiro, B. F., & Olaussen, S. (2021). Time, hydrologic landscape and the long-term storage of peatland carbon in sedimentary basins. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126, e2020JF005762.

Alshammari, L., Boyd, D. S., Sowter, A., Marshall, C., Andersen, R., Gilbert, P., et al. (2020). Use of surface motion characteristics determined by InSAR to assess peatland condition. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 125, e2018JG004953.

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