Acknowledging the use of ECN data
We kindly request that you acknowledge the use of our data sets. This helps us to gauge the extent of use of each dataset and allows us to demonstrate the value of these data for research into environmental change. We also request that you send us one reprint of any publication that cites the use of our data. We will endeavour to add publications that use ECN data to our publications catalogue.
ECN full datasets: links to data and related protocols
Our longest running terrestrial ECN sites began operating in 1992, making 1993 the first complete year of data collection. Currently many of these datasets are available for download up to and including 2015. Data for seven of the sites span the entire 23 year period. A further four sites began operating after 1993. Sadly, monitoring at Drayton ceased in 2014. Each dataset has a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to aid referencing.
The datasets are described in a paper:
Rennie, S., Andrews, C., Atkinson, S., Beaumont, D., Benham, S., Bowmaker, V., Dick, J., Dodd, B., McKenna, C., Pallett, D., Rose, R., Schafer, S., Scott, T., Taylor, C. and Watson, H. (2020). The UK Environmental Change Network datasets – integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993–2015). Earth System Science Data, 12, 87-107. DOI: 10.5194/essd-12-87-2020
These full datasets are available via the UKCEH Environmental Information Platform (EIP) using the links below. Click on the name to access the dataset or on the protocol code to view the protocol. ECN full datasets at the resolutions specified in the protocols and released under the terms of the ECN data policy. Data are made available through an Open Government Licence and are hosted on the CEH Environmental Information Platform.
If you require ECN data collected after 2015, please contact us and we will try to assist wherever possible on a case by case basis.
Stream water discharge
Stream water discharge data from terrestrial sites where a stream is present, i.e. Glensaugh, Moor House - Upper Teesdale, Sourhope, Wytham and Y Wyddfa (Snowdon)
Temporal range: 1993-2015
Soil solution chemistry
Chemistry of water collected from soils via suction lysimeters. Replicated suction lysimeters at the base of a & b soil horizons are sampled every two-weeks and analysed fo 15 chemical variables
Temporal range: 1992-2015
Surface water discharge
Hydrological data of selected rivers/streams on terrestrial sites (where present). Continuous discharge measurements (summarised every 15 minutes) are made
Temporal range: 1993-2015
Species presence recorded in 40cm x 40cm cells within 10m x 10m plots (at least two in each NVC vegetation type). Plots are re-surveyed every 3 years
Temporal range: 1994-2015
Where coarse-grain vegetation plots fall in woodland, seedlings, Diameter at Breast Height, tree height and dominance are recorded within a surrounding 10m x 10m plot
Temporal range: 1993-2014
Whole site vegetation survey with up to 500 systematic 2m x 2m plots. Species presence related to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC)
Temporal range: 1991-2000
Ecosystem services variables
73 ecosystem services variables for 11 ECN sites. The variables cover provisioning (food, fibre, fuel, genetic resources, biochemical and pharmaceuticals, ornamental), regulating (air quality regulation, climate regulation, water regulation, erosion, human diseases, biological control, pollination, natural hazard, other hazards) and cultural (cultural diversity) service types
Temporal range: 2011
- Acoustic bat data: 2014
- Environmental & phenological data derived from fixed-point repeat photography, 2002-2019
- Climatic data (Meteorological Office recordings) from four sites along an altitudinal gradient in Cumbria: 1952-1990
- Water discharge data for Trout Beck: 1961-1980
- Soil map of the Moor House National Nature Reserve: 1963
- Geological map of the Moor House National Nature Reserve: 1963
- Soil survey of Moor House, 1965
- Vegetation map of the Moor House National Nature Reserve: 1968
- Automatic weather station recordings from Moor House and Helbeck: 1974-1987
- Vegetation survey of Moor House National Nature Reserve: 2008-2009
- NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme (An integrated programme of research on the biological diversity of soil biota and the functional roles played by soil organisms in key ecological processes. The programme ran from 1997 - 2004)
Water temperature data for selected ECN lake, river & stream sites. Temporal range varies from site-to-site: earliest record from 1975, latest from 2012.
Please contact us to enquire about other freshwater datasets that may be available from the organisations responsible for data collection.