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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've been making regular measurements of air, soil, water and a range of animals and plants across a network of sites for over 25 years, supporting science 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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BBC's Winterwatch uses ECN weather data

ECN meteorological data collected at our Cairngorms site (operated by UKCEH), was recently used on the BBC Winterwatch TV programme to highlight the potential risks of climate change for ptarmigans in the Cairngorms.

Featured Publication

The UK Environmental Change Network datasets – integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993–2015)

This paper describes the 19 ECN datasets comprising data collected at terrestrial ECN sites from 1993 to 2015

Rennie, S., Andrews, C., Atkinson, S., Beaumont, D., Benham, S., Bowmaker, V., Dick, J., Dodd, B., McKenna, C., Pallett, D., Rose, R., Schafer, S., Scott, T., Taylor, C. and Watson, H. (2020). The UK Environmental Change Network datasets – integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993–2015). Earth System Science Data, 12, 87-107. DOI: 10.5194/essd-12-87-2020