My Details

Emily HudsonEmily Hudson
Postgraduate Student

Physical Geography

Research Group: Peatlands
Email: 695021@swansea.ac.uk
Office number: Wallace 226b
Blog: www.carmarthenshirebogsproject.wordpress.com

Supervisors: Prof. Bernd Kulessa, Prof. Siwan Davies, Prof. Alayne Street-Perrot

Qualifications: 

BSc Physical Geography (Swansea University) 2011-2014; MSc Geographical Information Systems & Climate Change (Swansea University) 2015-2016

About Me

My research project aims to carry out a hydrogeophysical assessment of a small but important peatbog in Carmarthenshire using an integrated approach. Water is the key modulator of peatland accumulation and subsequent carbon storage capacity, by producing the saturated conditions necessary for the formation of peat. If the water table becomes unstable, active accumulation will cease and existing peat will be exposed to the atmosphere. Oxygenation of peat enables full decomposition, which could lead to the catastrophic emission of CO₂. My integrated approach aims to use a variety of techniques, including Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), slug-testing, permeameters, piezometers and water level logging, to elucidate the geometry, anatomy, hydrology and quality of the peatland. This in turn provides the necessary input parameters for a groundwater flow model. It is this model which will be used to assess the current and future hydrogeological functioning of the bog.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hydrogeology
  • Geophysics
  • Peatlands

Conferences Attended and Proceedings

  • 7th July 2016 ‘The Hydrogeology of Peat’ University of Birmingham
  • 12th May 2017 ‘Nera Surface Geophysics Group Postgraduate Research Symposium’ University of Leicester