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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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Connecting the networks

Through co-location of measurements and the sharing of data, ECN sites collectively contribute in many ways to other UK and international observation and research networks/initiatives. These contributions are made through a mix of standard ECN monitoring and additional monitoring / research. For terrestrial ECN sites, here is a summary of these connections.

Featured Publication

Soil dynamics under an oak forest at Alice Holt

This paper presents short and long-term changes in soil carbon, nitrogen and acidity beneath a 70 year old oak plot in southern England and explains increases in carbon and nitrogen stocks and changes in pH.

Benham, S.E., Vanguelova, E.I. and Pitman, R.M. (2012). Short and long term changes in carbon, nitrogen and acidity in the forest soils under oak at the Alice Holt Environmental Change Network site. Science of the Total Environment, vols 421-422, 82–93. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.02.004