Organisations & programmes associated with ECN
ALTER-Net is a European network of mainly research organisations which aims to integrate biodiversity research capacity across Europe. ALTER-Net began as a "Network of Excellence" funded by the EU's 6th Framework Programme, and is now self-financed by its member organisations.
BICCO-Net is a collaborative project providing the latest information on the impacts of Climate Change on UK biodiversity. ECN has provided data and expertise
Countryside Survey is a unique study or ‘audit’ of the natural resources of the UK’s countryside. It has been carried out at regular intervals since 1978, allowing scientists to detect the gradual and subtle changes that occur in the UK’s countryside over time.
ECN monitoring is supported by a range of research partners
ECN monitoring is carried out by a range of sponsoring organisations. Each provides one or more sites and covers the costs of ECN measurements at those sites.
A report to identify a set of indicators which could be used to monitor how the climate of the United Kingdom is changing and how it may be affecting aspects of our lives and natural environment. ECN are able to provide data for many of these variables.
ILTER is a 'network of networks', a global network of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems worldwide that can help understand environmental change across the globe. ILTER's focus is on long-term, site-based research.
LTER-Europe is the European regional network of ILTER.
The NERC programme 'Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Function in Soil' was an integrated programme of research on the biological diversity of soil biota and the functional roles played by soil organisms in key ecological processes. It ran from 1997-2004 and was based at Sourhope in Southern Scotland, an ECN site.
The Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (BMS) was set up in 1976 to provide information on changes in the abundance of butterflies at selected monitored sites throughout the United Kingdom. The BMS has now merged with Butterfly Conservation's co-ordination of 'independent' transects. The resulting UKBMS dataset is an important resource for understanding changes in insect populations. The ECN terrestrial sites form part of the BMS.
This network is engaged in monitoring both gaseous ammonia (NH3) and a number of air pollutants with which it reacts. The ECN terrestrial sites form part of this network.