ECN gathers information about the pressures on and responses to environmental change in physical, chemical and biological systems
The Environmental Change Network is the UK’s long-term ecosystem research network. We collect, manage, analyse and interpret environmental data collected at a network of sites across the UK.
When did it all begin?
ECN was launched in 1992 and the collection of data started formally in 1993 at terrestrial sites and 1994 at freshwater sites.
We have now amassed two decades of data from our longest-running terrestrial ECN sites. We are marking this in 2014 with a symposium on 12-13 May and a special journal issue (due to be published in June 2016).
ECN's objectives are to:
- Establish and maintain a selected network of sites within the UK from which to obtain comparable long-term datasets through the monitoring of a range of variables identified as being of major environmental importance
- Provide for the integration and analysis of these data, so as to identify natural and human-induced environmental changes and improve understanding of the causes of change
- Distinguish short-term fluctuations from long-term trends, and predict future changes
- Provide, for research purposes, a range of representative sites with good instrumentation and reliable environmental information.
ECN gathers information about the pressures on and responses to environmental change in physical, chemical and biological systems.
Who is involved?
ECN is only possible through the combined efforts of many organisations and people. ECN is a multi-agency programme sponsored by a consortium of 14 UK government departments and agencies. These organisations (our Sponsors) contribute to the programme through funding either site monitoring and/or network co-ordination activities. The network is coordinated by staff at the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. They manage the data, which are stored in a central database and are available through a variety of data access methods. ECN is also supported by several Research Partners.