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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: Where will your research take you?

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. ECN will contribute data to science case studies and also welcomes research visits to the Cairngorms LTSER platform, one of 18 European sites open for research access via the eLTER Transnational Access scheme.

Call for proposals open until 31 March 2016

Featured Publication

Long-term changes in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) assemblages in Scotland

The authors used ECN carabid beetle and meteorological data from two sites in Scotland to describe the trends in ground beetle assemblages over an 18-year (1994–2011) period at two Scottish sites.

Pozsgai, G., Baird, J., Littlewood, N. A., Pakeman, R. J. and Young, M. R. (2015), Long-term changes in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) assemblages in Scotland. Ecological Entomology. doi: 10.1111/een.12288