It is important to know where peatland has been drained in the past when prioritising areas for restoration.

No comprehensive data exists, so ClimateXChange carried out a scoping study on whether the presence of drainage could be modelled using remote sensing data presented in the report Detection of peatland drainage with remote sensing.

The results were promising, and a second phase of work, Comparison of remote sensing approaches for detection of peatland drainage in Scotland, has refined how this might be taken forward in future.