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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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Visit the ECN Data Centre to explore our summary data using interactive graphing tools, find ECN-related publications, view environmental indicators and more.

Featured Publication

Estimating habitat extent and carbon loss from an eroded northern blanket bog using UAV derived imagery and topography

In this study, researchers used aerial imagery collected by flying a UAV over the ECN Moor House site, an upland blanket bog. From this spatial data, a digital surface model was constructed and vegetation and peatland features were classified, enabling carbon loss to be estimated. The paper shows what can be achieved with low-cost UAVs equipped with consumer grade camera equipment, and demonstrates their potential for the carbon and peatland conservation research community.

Scholefield, P., Morton, D., McShane, G., Carrasco, L., Whitfield, MG., Rowland, C., Rose, R., Wood, C., Tebbs, E., Dodd, B. and Monteith, D. (2019). Estimating habitat extent and carbon loss from an eroded northern blanket bog using UAV derived imagery and topography. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment, 43(2), 282-298. Available online. DOI: 10.1177/0309133319841300.