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Welcome to the latest news update from the UK Environmental Change Network, a multi-agency long-term, site-based integrated environmental monitoring and research network.

Statement on ECN monitoring

During the Covid-19-related current restrictions on travel and physical distancing, most routine visits to ECN sites have temporarily ceased. This will inevitably result in gaps forming in some time series as will be the case for many other environmental monitoring activities. Data collection will recommence as soon as the situation allows and partner organisations deem it safe for site visits and laboratory analysis to restart.

Improving environmental data quality assurance through state tagging

Data scientist Michael Tso and colleagues from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology have recently published a paper in Frontiers in Environmental Science, detailing an innovative approach to assessing environmental data quality. Tso and colleagues developed a system state tagging app that aims to provide insights for users to help better understand variability in the data. They used ECN moth and butterfly time series data, as well as long-term observations from the Cumbrian Lakes Monitoring Scheme, to develop the app. As Tso states: "The long-term monitoring data from co-located measurements at ECN sites gives us perfect examples to showcase its utility".

Each observed value is associated with a state, such that it can be interpreted based on the conditions characteristic of that particular state. Following substantial development using the ECN data, demonstration versions of the App are available publicly while efforts to extend its applicability are ongoing.

Tso will present this work during a session at the annual EGU meeting, which this year will take place online. This will be part of a session convened by the European Long-Term Ecosystem Research community entitled Whole system approaches in addressing processes and long-term changes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. A live text-based chat session will take place on Friday 8th May, 10:45 - 12:30 CET.

Full paper reference

Tso, CHM., Henrys, P., Rennie, S. and Watkins, J. (2020). State Tagging for Improved Earth and Environmental Data Quality Assurance. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.00046.
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Our longest running terrestrial ECN sites began operating in 1992, making 1993 the first complete year of data collection. ECN data including meteorology, soil solution chemistry, atmospheric nitrogen, butterflies, moths, beetles, bats, bird and vegetation can be downloaded for free from the UKCEH Environmental Information Platform under an Open Government Licence. If you are engaged in ecosystem research or teaching, why not see if these datasets could support your work? Use the link below to quickly access our unique physical, chemical and biological datasets containing the complete run of data available from our terrestrial sites. Data for seven of the sites span the entire 23 year period up to 2015.
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Featured Publication

Tso, CHM., Henrys, P., Rennie, S. and Watkins, J. (2020). State Tagging for Improved Earth and Environmental Data Quality Assurance. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8, -. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.00046.

This paper presents an innovative approach to aid quality assessment of environmental data. The authors used both ECN and Cumbrian Lakes Monitoring data to validate the approach.

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