Monitoring, data and research to understand environmental change
We are the UK's long-term environmental monitoring and research programme. We make 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.
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.
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.
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.
20 years of ECN data
Terrestrial ECN has been operational for 20 years, supporting scientific research and generating impressive time series of data on a range of driving and response variables. This special event will mark this anniversary by considering the role of long-term environmental monitoring and research, by exploring the value of ECN datasets and of sites as research platforms, and by considering how ECN should evolve to meet user needs over the next 20 years.
- When: 12-13 May 2014
- Where: Lancaster University