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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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Feature: Funds to support research

OPEN FOR ACCESS!

Two ECN sites - Moor House and Rothamsted - are among 31 European facilities open to access under the ExpeER project's Trans-National Access (TA) Call. The project has been extended by 6 months, so the new deadline for TA applications is 31 January 2015, and TA visits should be completed by 31 March.

The ExpeER scheme is a great opportunity to obtain funding for short research visits in another country. Here's what one user of the scheme said about her visit to Whim Bog (another UK ExpeER site):

"A very interesting experience. I usually work in Mediterranean environments and at Whim bog I had the opportunity to work in a completely different environment."

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Featured Publication

Experimental evidence for the interacting effects of forest edge, moisture and soil macrofauna on leaf litter decomposition

This paper investigates the effects of forest fragmentation, soil moisture, soil macrofauna and litter quality on the rate of leaf litter decomposition, an important ecosystem process. The authors test the hypothesis that decomposition will be slower at the edge of a forest compared with the interior, due to the lower soil moisture at the forest's edge.

Riutta, T., Slade, EM., Bebber, DP., Taylor, ME., Malhi, Y., Riordan, P., Macdonald, DW. and Morecroft, MD. (2012). Experimental evidence for the interacting effects of forest edge, moisture and soil macrofauna on leaf litter. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 49, 124-131.