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Climate change students swap classroom for Peak moors

Posted 20 October 2011
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Climate change students swap classroom for Peak moors
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Students put on their walking boots and turned on video cameras for a documentary on how climate change has affected the high moors of the Peak District.

A video called Talking the MICCI has been produced by 11-18 year olds at 14 different schools, who have been involved in a project run in conjunction with the national park authority to study various environmental data.

The study has produced information on vegetation levels, peat depth, the water table and other factors, with the results committed to film and set to be screened in two showings at the Moorland Discovery Centre in Longshaw, near Sheffield.

Its name stands for Moorlands as Indicators of Climate Change Initiative and the information is being used by researchers at the Edale-based Moors for the Future initiative.

National park learning team spokesman Chris Robinson said: "Many of the young people have found it immensely satisfying to know their work is of practical use to climate change research."

The Peak landscape has itself been much changed by man over the millennia, with the tops once being covered in trees until they were deforested and industrial pollution damaging vegetation.