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Selected ECN-related publications

Can digital image classification be used as a standardised method for surveying peatland vegetation cover?

This paper, published in a Special Issue of the journal Ecological Indicators to mark 20 years of data collection at ECN terrestrial sites, describes the use of digital image classification techniques as an approach to surveying peatland vegetation to functional type level.

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The first 20 years of the ECN at North Wyke, Devon

This report highlights key changes in climate, pollution and biodiversity during the first 20 years of monitoring at Rothamsted Research's ECN North Wyke site near Okehampton, Devon.

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Grassland biodiversity bounces back from long-term nitrogen addition

This paper looks at grassland recovery from nitrogen pollution at Rothamsted, an ECN site. The authors used ECN's wet N deposition (precipitation chemistry) data

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Long-term changes in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) assemblages in Scotland

The authors used ECN carabid beetle and meteorological data from two sites in Scotland to describe the trends in ground beetle assemblages over an 18-year (1994–2011) period at two Scottish sites.

Long-term changes in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) assemblages in Scotland - Read More…

Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe

This paper presents the first worldwide synthesis of in situ and satellite-derived lake data. It includes data from Loch Leven, and ECN site. The authors found that lake summer surface water temperatures rose rapidly between 1985 and 2009

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Hydrologically driven ecosystem processes determine the distribution and persistence of ecosystem-specialist predators under climate change

The authors of this paper used ECN Automatic Weather Station data from Moor House in their model-based investigation of the effects of climate change. They investigated cranefly populations, a keystone species in UK blanket bogs, and prey for several bird species, the populations of which the team also modelled.

Hydrologically driven ecosystem processes determine the distribution and persistence of ecosystem-specialist predators under climate change - Read More…

Allometry and growth of eight tree taxa in United Kingdom woodlands

A data paper, describing a set of data collated from ECN and other measurements made at two woodland ECN sites, Wytham and Alice Holt.

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Spatial controls on dissolved organic carbon in upland waters inferred from a simple statistical model

The authors demonstrate that spatial variation in long-term average Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) levels draining upland UK catchments is highly predictable using a simple model. ECN meteorological data were used, alongside chemistry data from Upland Waters Monitoring Network sites (some of which are also ECN sites) and the Trout Beck ECN site.

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The Carbon Cycle of a Maritime Ancient Temperate Broadleaved Woodland at Seasonal and Annual Scales

This study compares different approaches to quantifying the carbon cycle of Wytham Woods, a temperate deciduous forest in England. ECN meteorological data were used.

The Carbon Cycle of a Maritime Ancient Temperate Broadleaved Woodland at Seasonal and Annual Scales - Read More…

The UK Environmental Change Network, Rothamsted. Physical and Atmospheric Measurements: The First 20 years

This booklet gives a brief overview of the physical and chemical measurements that are routinely measured at Rothamsted, as part of the Long-term Experiments National Capability (LTE-NC) and the United Kingdom Environmental Change Network (ECN).

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