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Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter, in which we take a look at how the recent western European heatwave played out at ECN sites. You can also read about the importance of acoustic monitoring in long-term ecosystem research: our colleague Jan Dick attended a conference in June and gave a talk on this theme. Lastly, we've highlighted the latest featured content on our website, including a paper published earlier this year that investigated precipitation chemistry trends in relation to weather and used data from four ECN sites.
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New record temperatures set at many ECN sites

If you are reading this in the UK then it's likely you experienced the unprecedented high temperatures of 18-19th July. People were warned of the dangers of extreme heat, fire fighters in western Europe tackled numerous wildfires and previous temperature records tumbled across the country. We've taken a look at the data collected at several of our ECN sites and, unsurprisingly, most of those sites also set new ECN temperature records. Rothamsted topped the chart, recording a mean hourly temperature of 38°C. Read our full news article to find out more.
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Listening out for nature: ECN acoustic monitoring presented at symposium

Dr Jan Dick, a social ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and research coordinator at ECN's Cairngorms site, gave a talk recently, during which she described UKCEH's interest in using passive acoustic monitoring techniques. She was speaking at the UK Acoustic Network's symposium in Manchester (15-16 June 2022). Her talk covered a number of initiatives including research at the ECN Cairngorms site funded by UKCEH's UK-SCAPE programme that is making use of ultrasonic microphones to study the resident bat population.
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Our featured publication

We're currently highlighting a paper led by Michael Tso (UKCEH) that used data collected from Glensaugh, Moor House, Snowdon and Rothamsted, four ECN sites in contrasting parts of Great Britain, to examine trends in precipitation chemistry in relation to prevailing weather conditions.

Tso, C-H M., Monteith, D., Scott, T., Watson, H., Dodd, B., Pereira, MG., Henrys, P., Hollaway, M., Rennie, S., Lowther, A., Watkins, J., Killick, R. and Blair, G. (2022). The evolving role of weather types on rainfall chemistry under large reductions in pollutant emissions. Environmental Pollution. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2022.118905.

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Our featured site

Snowdon is an upland ECN site in North Wales incorporating the summit of Yr Wyddfa or Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. ECN monitoring has been carried out by Natural Resources Wales since 1995.
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Learn more about yr Wydffa / Snowdon ECN site

Monitoring protocols

A key aspect of ECN is our use of common monitoring protocols at all of our sites, so that the data we collect can be more easily compared between sites and years.
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Explore our ecosystem monitoring protocols

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For LTER-related news from across Europe, be sure to take a look at the eLTER newsletters.
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