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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

The pan-European eLTER Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI), has been included on the ESFRI 2018 roadmap, a significant achievement for the European ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological research communities that paves the way for the further development and formalization of eLTER RI.

Featured Publication

Modelling study of soil C, N and pH response to air pollution and climate change using European LTER site observations

This study used meteorological and soil solution data collected at two ECN forest sites (Wytham and Alice Holt) and over 20 other long-term research sites in a Europe-wide modelling study. The work was done in the EU H2020 eLTER project.

Holmberg, M., Aherne, J., Austnes, K., Beloica, J., De Marco, A., Dirnböck, T., Fornasier, MF., Goergen, K., Futter, M., Lindroos, A-J., Krám, P., Neirynck, J., Nieminen, TM., Pecka, T., Posch, M., Pröll, G., Rowe, EC., Scheuschner, T., Schlutow, A., Valinia, S. and Forsius, M. (2018). Modelling study of soil C, N and pH response to air pollution and climate change using European LTER site observations. Science of the Total Environment, 640-641, 387-399.