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    Monitoring, data and research to understand environmental change

    We are the UK's long-term environmental monitoring and research programme. For over 20 years we have made regular measurements of air, soil, water and a range of animals and plants across a network of sites to determine how and why the natural environment is changing.

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    Understanding environmental change. Supporting environmental science

    Our data are used to detect and understand trends in the environment and in the presence and abundance of plants and animals. We support researchers by providing long-term environmental datasets and well-instrumented sites for field research.

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    Science to support policymaking and management of natural resources

    ECN’s data and expertise are relevant to a range of environmental policy issues including climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Long-term monitoring can inform policies and check how well they work.

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    An active consortium with links across the globe

    ECN is a partnership of UK organisations responsible for environmental policies and natural resource management. We also work with similar networks in other countries. ECN is the UK node of ILTER, the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network.

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ECN and Earth Observation

Long-term environmental observations at ECN sites have great potential for ground truthing Earth Observation (EO) data collected by satellites, aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, drones). Meanwhile, monitoring at ECN sites should benefit from recent advances in satellite image resolution. A range of exploratory studies are helping to elucidate links between reflectance signals and a range of ecosystem properties and processes. These studies could also benefit the development of tools for conservation management.

Featured Publication

Trends and variability in weather and atmospheric deposition at UK Environmental Change Network sites (1993–2012)

This paper, published in a Special Issue of the journal Ecological Indicators to mark 20 years of data collection at ECN terrestrial sites, present temporal trends from 1993-2013 in a range of key indicators of climate and atmospheric deposition chemistry at ECN terrestrial sites.

Monteith, D., Henrys, P., Lindsay, B., Smith, R., Morecroft, M., Scott, T., Andrews, C., Beaumont, D., Benham, S., Bowmaker, V., Corbett, S., Dick, J., Dodd, B., Dodd, N., McKenna, C., McMillan, S., Pallett, D., Pereira, G., Rennie, S., Rose, R., Shafer, S., Sherrin, L., Turner, A., Watson, H., Poskitt, J. and Tang, S. (2016). Trends and variability in weather and atmospheric deposition at UK Environmental Change Network sites (1993-2012). Ecological Indicators68, 21-35. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.061