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Environmental Change Network (ECN)
The ECN is the UK's long-term, integrated environmental monitoring and research programme. ECN gathers information about the pressures on and responses to environmental change in physical, chemical and biological systems. It is supported by a consortium of fourteen sponsoring organisations and seven research organisations. 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.
- To provide for the integration and analysis of these data, so as to identify natural and man-induced environmental changes and improve understanding of the causes of change.
- To distinguish short-term fluctuations from long-term trends, and predict future changes.
- To provide, for research purposes, a range of representative sites with good instrumentation and reliable environmental information.
The ECN consists of 12 terrestrial and 44 freshwater sites representing different UK ecosystems. At each site a wide range of chemical, physical and biological measurements are made. These are used to identify environmental change and improve our understanding of its cause.
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