The Environmental Change Network is a multi-agency organisation co-ordinated by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and other ECN sponsors.

The organisational structure of ECN comprises:

  • Steering Committee (SC) of representatives from each sponsor
  • Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG)
  • ECN Central Coordination Unit (ECN CCU), located at UKCEH Lancaster
  • ECN monitoring sites funded by sponsors and operated by research partners.
ECN organisational structure

Key actions:

  • ECN policy and finance are decided by the Steering Committee
  • Technical development and data analysis issues are considered by the STAG
  • Network coordination and communication are managed by the CCU*
  • Data management is the task of the CCU*
  • Environmental monitoring and research, including data collection and initial processing takes place at sites.

*Resources for the CCU are currently very limited.