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What ECN measures

ECN aims to provide a broad baseline of integrated environmental information applicable to a range of environmental issues (e.g. climate change, water pollution, biodiversity, atmospheric pollution). The measurements made by ECN therefore cover a wide range of physical, chemical and biological 'driving and response' variables. Consistency over time, a vital attribute of any long-term dataset is achieved by adherence to a clearly defined set of published analytical protocols.

While there are numerous long-term, issue-specific environmental monitoring initiatives nationally, ECN's unique multi-disciplinary approach enables the analysis of important relationships between environmental variables and across ecosystem components.

In this section you can read detailed information about the measurements we make and the protocols (methods) used.

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Our field activities

APRIL

In April we start carrying out almost all the ECN measurements, though the weather is not always kind! At freshwater sites we sample diatoms and invertebrates.

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