Two CEH field sites are among those open for access to researchers via the EU-funded Experimentation in Ecosystem Research project (ExpeER). The project has an open Transnational Access (TA) call and invites proposals for small research projects or visits to any of the 31 ExpeER infrastructures.
The scheme is designed to encourage scientists to use research facilities outside their own country.
The two CEH sites involved are Moor House in Northern England and Whim in the Scottish Borders. Moor House is an extensive area of blanket peat bog ideal for a range of research concerning peatlands. The site is part of the Environmental Change Network, meaning a wide range of data covering two decades are available. Whim, also a boggy site, is the location for a long-term nitrogen treatment experiment making it possible for researchers to separate the effects of different forms of nitrogen on peatland flora, chemistry and processes.
For accepted proposals, the project will pay the travel and subsistence costs for the traveller(s), plus the support costs incurred by site staff. Full details of the scheme, the sites and the application procedure are available from the ExpeER website. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2015, and research visits should be completed by 31 March 2015.