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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.
Countryside Survey
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.
Ground beetles of Ireland
This site aims to encourage interest in Irish ground beetles. It provides illustrations of the species and distribution maps. It is intended to act as a stimulus to further recording of ground beetles in Ireland by providing a resource which makes these little-studied animals more accessible to interested amateurs, biological recorders, school biology classes and the general public.
International Long-term Ecological Research Networks (ILTER)
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.
Long-term Ecosystem Research - Europe (LTER-Europe)
LTER-Europe is the European regional network of ILTER.
NERC 'soil biodiversity' thematic programme
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.
UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
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.
UK National Ammonia Monitoring Network (NAMN)
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.
Nature's calendar
In autumn 2000 the Woodland Trust joined forces with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to promote phenology to a far wider and larger audience. Almost 50,000 people across the UK are now involved with the Nature's Calendar survey.
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
AMAP is an international organization established in 1991 to implement components of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS). AMAP's current objective is "providing reliable and sufficient information on the status of, and threats to, the Arctic environment, and providing scientific advice on actions to be taken in order to support Arctic governments in their efforts to take remedial and preventive actions relating to contaminants".
Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN)
CERN is an ecosystem research network with field stations throughout China covering the fields of agriculture, forest, grassland, lake and marine ecosystems.
ECN's sponsors
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.
ECN's research partners
ECN monitoring is supported by a range of research partners
Ecological Continuity Trust
The ECT supports long-term experiments (LTEs) by providing much needed funds through a grants scheme and emergency repair funds. ECT has also established a network of key stakeholders that help champion LTEs and the valuable science they produce. ECT's vision is to develop a strategic network of long-term ecological experiments. This includes safeguarding existing high quality experiments and data, whilst also ensuring new facilities are planned for the long-term. ECN is partner organisation of ECT since several LTEs are sited at ECN sites.
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (US)
The Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) was a research program run by EPA’s Office of Research and Development to develop the tools necessary to monitor and assess the status and trends of national ecological resources. EMAP collected field data from 1990 to 2006. Monitoring of US aquatic resources is now being conducted by the National Aquatic Resource Surveys.
Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)
GTOS is a programme for observations, modelling, and analysis of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development. GTOS facilitates access to information on terrestrial ecosystems so that researchers and policy makers can detect and manage global and regional environmental change.
Marine Environmental Change Network
The Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN) is a collaboration between organisations in England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland collecting long-term time series information for marine waters.
ICP Vegetation
The ICP Vegetation was established in 1987 under the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP).The ICP Vegetation is an international research programme investigating the impacts of air pollutants on crops and (semi-)natural vegetation.
Biosphere Reserves
Biosphere reserves are sites established by countries and recognized under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science.
US Long-term Ecological Research Program (US-LTER)
The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network was established in 1980 and is a collaborative effort involving more than 1800 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales
British Atmospheric Data Centre
The role of the BADC is to assist UK atmospheric researchers to locate, access and interpret atmospheric data and to ensure the long-term integrity of atmospheric data produced by NERC projects. The BADC has substantial data holdings of its own and also provides information and links to data held by other data centres.
Climatic Research Unit
The Climatic Research Unit is concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change. It has developed a number of the datasets including the global temperature record used to monitor the state of the climate system, as well as statistical software packages and climate models.
Countryside Information System
The Countryside Information System (CIS) is a Microsoft Windows-based program developed to give policy advisers, planners and researchers easy access to spatial information about the British countryside.
UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program
The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme is an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme aiming to set a scientific basis for the improvement of the relationships between people and their environment globally. Launched in the early 1970s, it proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building that target the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss.
INTERACT is an infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of 33 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program.
UK Eutrophying and Acidifying atmospheric Pollutants (UKEAP)
The UK Eutrophying and Acidifying atmospheric Pollutants (UKEAP) network project combines two Defra atmospheric pollutant monitoring projects which have measured air pollutants at rural sites across the UK over the past two decades. UKEAP sits within the wider framework of UK pollutant monitoring and contributes data to the UK and the international research effort investigating the flow of chemicals in the environment.
Ecosystems Knowledge Network
The Ecosystems Knowledge Network is a resource for anyone wanting to share knowledge or learn about the practical benefits of an ecosystems approach. It draws together experience from the UK and elsewhere to assist organisations to understand how a 'whole ecosystem' approach can help us build sustainable communities.
California Landscape Conservation Cooperative ECN
An emerging network of environmental monitoring stations within the boundaries of the Californian Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The network has used UK ECN as its model.
UK Climate Change Risk Assessment: Government Report
The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle. It sets out the main priorities for adaptation in the UK under 5 key themes identified in the CCRA 2012 Evidence Report – Agriculture and Forestry; Business, industries and Services; Health and Wellbeing; Natural Environment and Buildings and Infrastructure – and describes the policy context, and action already in place to tackle some of the risks in each area. It highlights the constraints of the CCRA analysis and provides advice on how to take account of the uncertainty within the analysis.
Natural Environment White Paper
The Natural Environment White Paper is a bold and ambitious statement outlining the Government’s vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years, backed up with practical action to deliver that ambition.
UK Environmental Observation Framework (UKEOF)
The UK Environmental Observation Framework (UKEOF) strives to change the way the UK perceives, values, archives and uses information from observation activities by working across public departments and agencies, the voluntary sector, industry and academia.
ExpeER (Experimentation in Ecosystem Research) is a major European Infrastructure project (2010-2014) in the field of Ecosystem Research. ExpeER will, for the first time, federate existing national infrastructures, improve their research capacity whilst at the same time facilitating access to those key experimental and observational platforms as well as analytical and modelling facilities for the benefit of the international research community.
Nature Improvement Areas
Nature Improvement Areas are a new name for the “Ecological Restoration Zones” proposed by the Making Space for Nature review. Information is currently available on the Natural England website. There are 12 NIAs in England.
Local Nature Partnerships
Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people who aim to help bring about improvements in their local natural environment. There are 48 LNPs across England.
British Ecological Society
The BES was established in 1913 and has approximately 4,000 members worldwide. Its activities include publishing a range of scientific literature, organising and sponsoring meetings, funding grant schemes, education and policy work. It also runs supporting initiatives such as the gratis book scheme which aims to make ecology publications available to those who couldn’t otherwise obtain them.
Biological Records Centre
The Biological Records Centre (BRC), established in 1964, is a national focus in the UK for terrestrial and freshwater species recording. The work of BRC is a major component of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).
National Biodiversity Network
The NBN is concerned with making species data available to anyone interested in the UK’s biodiversity. It's aim is simple: capture wildlife data once in a standard electronic form; integrate data from different sources; and use the internet to enable data to be used many times in different ways by as many people as possible. NBN enables access to a wealth of UK biodiversity data via the NBN Gateway.
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
UK Biodiversity Indicators
A series of indicators of biodiversity status and trends, compiled from multiple data sources. ECN provides some of the source data
National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NECD)
Air pollution travels over long distances, affects human health, degrades buildings and other man-made structures and adversely affects the natural environment through acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone. The European Community agreed to set emission ceilings through the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD) to protect its citizens, its man-made structures and its diverse environments.