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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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Access our 20 year datasets

We now have 20 years of data (1993-2012) for our longest running sites. To mark this milestone, we have added a set of datasets to the CEH Environmental Information Platform. These datasets contain the complete run of data available from our terrestrial sites. Data for eight of the sites span the entire 20 year period. A further four sites began operating after 1993.

Featured Publication

Special Issue marking 20 years of detailed environmental monitoring by ECN

A Special Issue of the journal Ecological Indicators, showcasing a range of research using Environmental Change Network data and sites.

Sier, A and Monteith, D. (eds). 2016. Assessing ecosystem resilience through Long Term Ecosystem Research: observations from the first twenty years of the UK Environmental Change NetworkEcological Indicators 68, 1-156.