The Allt a´ Mharcaidh-the UK´s first sub-arctic Environmental Change Network (ECN) site
The first sub-arctic site in the Environmental Change Network (ECN) has been established in the catchment of the Allt a’ Mharcaidh, on the western slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland. The ECN is a UK-wide integrated network established to monitor environmental change., by collecting, analysing and interpreting long-term data sets on a number of key physical, biological and chemical variables, which are considered to drive and/or respond to environmental change. There are 54 ECN sites, 12 terrestrial and 42 freshwater, representing a wide range of habitats from uplands to lowlands, and moorland to chalk grassland, along with both large and small rivers and lakes.
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