We study the extent, type, condition, and function of wetlands and peatlands with a view towards discovering and quantifying their place in our natural landscapes. We address research questions such as: How does wetland carbon sequestration affect climate change? What beneficial effects do wetlands have on the quality of our water resources? How does wetland water retention mitigate the effects of floods? Where should wetland restoration efforts be focused to derive the most benefit? How can wetlands be used in biofuel production? How are wetlands affected by land use change?