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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 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.

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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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Season's Greetings!

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!


 

In 2015, don't forget to visit the ECN Data Centre to explore our summary data! You can also view weekly fixed point photos taken at some of our sites, like the image above taken at Moor House by former ECN student, Lucia Lencioni.

Featured Publication

Vegetation exerts a greater control on litter decomposition than climate warming in peatlands

To compare the effects of climate warming and vegetation change on decomposition and carbon accumulation, the team led by Sue Ward (Lancaster University) conducted an experiment on peatland at the Moor House-Upper Teesdale ECN site in the North Pennines. ECN meteorological data were used.

Ward, SE., Orwin, K., Ostle, NJ. and et al. (2014). Vegetation exerts a greater control on litter decompostion than climate warming in peatlands. Published on-line. Ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/14-0292.1.