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UK Environmental Change Network

Monitoring, data and research to understand environmental change

We are the UK's long-term ecosystem monitoring and research programme. For over 25 years, we've been making regular measurements of air, soil, water, animals and plants across a network of sites. Our free data and instrumented research sites support science to determine how and why the natural environment is changing.

Resources supporting environmental research and education

Weekly site photo archive - fixed point photos visually recording change since 1997

Themes we are relevant to

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About us

ECN is a UK-based multi-agency programme with funding and monitoring from a consortium of UK government departments and agencies. The network is coordinated by staff at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH). UKCEH manage the data generated by the programme, which are stored in a central database and are made available for research and education.

Our monitoring supports scientific research addressing a range of environmental issues concerning the interacting effects of pressures from air pollution, climate change and land use change. The features above ('themes') describe specific environmental research supported by ECN long-term datasets and form our Why the research matters series.

The UKCEH component of ECN (i.e. network coordination and UKCEH site monitoring) is National Capability, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council via UKCEH's UK-SCAPE National Capability Programme.

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