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.
Explore ECN-related publications
Our online Publications Catalogue lists over 770 scientific papers, reports and other outputs that are related to ECN. These include published research using ECN datasets and other research at sites in the network. You can search by year, author, site, publication type and keyword and link to online versions of the publication where available.
For selected research papers that use ECN data, we have explained how the science is relevant to people and policies in our 'Why the research matters' section.