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    Monitoring, data and research to understand environmental change

    We are the UK's long-term environmental monitoring and research programme. We've been making regular measurements of air, soil, water and a range of animals and plants across a network of sites for over 25 years, supporting science 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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Feature: Strengthening European long-term ecosystem research

ECN is participating in eLTER, an initiative to better integrate long-term ecosystem research and observation in Europe and to develop a long-lasting eLTER Research Infrastructure. eLTER (European Long-Term Ecosystem and Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure) currently has two EU-funded projects (eLTER PLUS and eLTER PPP) that will help advance the development of European long-term ecosystem research infrastructures. ECN is formally represented by UKCEH and will contribute sites, data and expertise to the projects.

Featured Publication

Biogeochemical and climate drivers of wetland phosphorus and nitrogen release: Implications for nutrient legacies and eutrophication risk

This paper describes a study of the dynamics and processes of nutrient cycling and release for a lowland wetland‐pond system draining Wytham Wood ECN site in Oxfordshire. The authors used ECN's long-term water chemistry and meteorological datasets for the site.

Jarvie, H.P., Pallet, D.W., Schafer, S.M., Macrae, M.L., Bowes, M.J., Farrand, P., Warwick, A.C., King, S.M., Williams, R.J., Armstrong, L., Nicholls, D.J., Lord, W.D., Rylett, D., Roberts, C. and Fisher, N. (2020), Biogeochemical and climate drivers of wetland phosphorus and nitrogen release: Implications for nutrient legacies and eutrophication risk. J. Environ. Qual.. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/jeq2.20155