Dataset
UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) Fine Grain Vegetation data: 1994-2012

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Fine Grain Vegetation data from the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) terrestrial sites. These data are collected at all of ECN's terrestrial sites using a standard protocol (see supporting documentation). In this protocol, 10m x 10m plots are randomly selected within each vegetation type on the site - species presence is recorded in 40cm x 40 cm cells randomly selected within these plots. They represent continuous records every three years (some sites record data annually) from 1992 to 2012. ECN is the UK’s long-term environmental monitoring programme. It is a multi-agency programme sponsored by a consortium of fourteen government departments and agencies. These organisations contribute to the programme through funding either site monitoring and/or network co-ordination activities. These organisations are: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Llywodraeth Cymru - Welsh Government, Natural England, Natural Environment Research Council, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Publication date: 2016-05-13 ( created 2015-02-25 )

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You must cite: Rennie, S.; Adamson, J.; Anderson, R.; Andrews, C.; Bater, J.; Bayfield, N.; Beaton, K.; Beaumont, D.; Benham, S.; Bowmaker, V.; Britt, C.; Brooker, R.; Brooks, D.; Brunt, J.; Common, G.; Cooper, R.; Corbett, S.; Critchley, N.; Dennis, P.; Dick, J.; Dodd, B.; Dodd, N.; Donovan, N.; Easter, J.; Eaton, E.; Flexen, M.; Gardiner, A.; Hamilton, D.; Hargreaves, P.; Hatton-Ellis, M.; Howe, M.; Kahl, J.; Lane, M.; Langan, S.; Lloyd, D.; McElarney, Y.; McKenna, C.; McMillan, S.; Milne, F.; Milne, L.; Morecroft, M.; Murphy, M.; Nelson, A.; Nicholson, H.; Pallett, D.; Parry, D.; Pearce, I.; Pozsgai, G.; Rose, R.; Schafer, S.; Scott, T.; Sherrin, L.; Shortall, C.; Smith, R.; Smith, P.; Tait, R.; Taylor, C.; Taylor, M.; Thurlow, M.; Turner, A.; Tyson, K.; Watson, H.; Whittaker, M. (2016). UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) Fine Grain Vegetation data: 1994-2012 . NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/5a1efdfc-8f51-4ee9-9ed4-677bddd3f135

 

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This dataset is part of the following

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1992-07-28    to    2012-12-31

Online Resources

ECN Web Site
Further information about the Environmental Change Network.

Supporting information
Supporting information available to assist in re-use of this dataset

Protocol available from ECN website
The ECN vegetation protocol (V)

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Quality

Lineage
Data are collected at all of ECN's terrestrial sites using a standard protocol (http://www.ecn.ac.uk/measurements/terrestrial/v). In this protocol 10m x 10m plots are randomly selected within each vegetation type on the site - species presence is recorded in 40cm x 40 cm cells randomly selected within these plots. Prior to deposit of the data in the EIDC, data are managed by the ECN Data Centre at CEH Lancaster according to defined protocols.

Verification steps include numeric range checks (i.e. checking if a value falls within a specified range), categorical checks (e.g. checking that a species code appears on the standard code list), formatting (i.e. that the dataset conforms to the specified data format) and logical integrity checks (i.e. checking the data make sense, e.g. that the dates in one dataset match those in a related dataset).

Appropriate range settings for ECN variables have been selected following discussion with specialists in each field. Where data fall outside these ranges, a cautious approach has been adopted towards discarding data on the principle that apparent errors may be valid outliers. Such values are discarded only if there is a clear explanation (e.g. an instrumentation error) and corrections are made where possible. If the reason is unclear, the values are stored, but are qualified using pre-defined quality codes or free-text descriptions. Data providers also use these codes or free text to describe factors affecting sampling outside their control, instrument damage or site management effects.

Authors

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rothamsted Research
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The James Hutton Institute
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
Forest Research
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
ADAS
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rothamsted Research
Forest Research
The James Hutton Institute
The James Hutton Institute
The James Hutton Institute
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The James Hutton Institute
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Forest Research
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The James Hutton Institute
Rothamsted Research
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Rothamsted Research
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The James Hutton Institute
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
The James Hutton Institute
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The James Hutton Institute
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rothamsted Research
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The James Hutton Institute
The James Hutton Institute
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
The James Hutton Institute
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales

Spatial

Spatial representation type
textTable
Spatial Reference System
WGS 84

Keywords

Topic Categories
Biota
INSPIRE Theme
Species distribution
Other keywords
Monitoring and observation systems
Parr Section
Discipline keywords
NEC04638
Environmental Change Network
ILTER
LTER
Discipline keywords
Ecological Processes and Resilience
Monitoring and Observations Systems
Environmental Informatics
Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
Natural Capital
Natural Hazards
Pollution and Environmental Risk
Soil
Sustainable Land Management
Water Resources
Discipline keywords
vegetation species
semi-natural and managed vegetation
biodiversity
Place keywords
UK
Drayton
Glensaugh
Hillsborough
Moor House - Upper Teesdale
North Wyke
Rothamsted
Sourhope
Wytham
Alice Holt
Porton Down
Yr Wyddfa - Snowdon
Cairngorms
Temporal keywords
Fortnightly

Dataset identifiers

https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk/id/5a1efdfc-8f51-4ee9-9ed4-677bddd3f135
doi:10.5285/5a1efdfc-8f51-4ee9-9ed4-677bddd3f135

Metadata

Record identifier
5a1efdfc-8f51-4ee9-9ed4-677bddd3f135
Record created by
Environmental Information Data Centre
United Kingdom
Record last updated
2016-11-07T14:45:05
Metadata standard
ISO 19115 (UK GEMINI) version 1.0 (2.2)