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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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Feature: Strengthening European LTER

ECN is participating in eLTER, an EU H2020-funded project involving many LTER-Europe partners and sites in collaboration with the European Critical Zone Observatory community. eLTER (European Long-Term Ecosystem and Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure) is a major project that will help advance the development of European long-term ecosystem research infrastructures. The overall aim of the eLTER H2020 project is to advance the European network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research sites and socio-ecological research platforms to provide highest quality services for multiple use of a distributed research infrastructure. ECN will contribute data and welcome research visits to the Cairngorms LTSER platform.

Featured Publication

A new approach to modelling the relationship between annual population abundance indices and weather data

This paper on the relationship between weather and fluctuations in species' population sizes uses data from a range of sources including moth data collected at ECN terrestrial sites and contributed to the Rothamsted Insect Survey.

Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Martay, B. et al. (2017). A new approach to modelling the relationship between annual population abundance indices and weather data. JABES. doi:10.1007/s13253-017-0287-4