NEON Overview

The National Ecological Observatory
Network, or as it is commonly known the NEON project, is an exciting continental
scale ecological network that gathers and synthesizes highly pertinent
environmental data. Its goal: to help scientists better understand and
forecast interactions between human activities and the environment. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle on project
measures that causes and effects of terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric
environmental change. The program, which allows for multidisciplinary
collaboration with other scientific organizations, is spread across
eighty-one field sites each strategically selected to represent
different regions of vegetation, landforms, climate, and ecosystem
performance. To assure high-quality data collection, our scientists to rely upon
an array of sophisticated remote sensors. These sensors are mounted on flux towers, airplanes, and ground and aquatic instruments to monitor and measure
atmosphere related processes, landscape scale changes, water systems, and
conditions soil properties and a suite of plants animals pathogens and microbes.
Once the data is processed and sent via the Internet to our central facility in
Boulder, Colorado it becomes freely available to
scientists around the globe to explore scientific questions. Learn more about
the NEON project and how it is advancing the boundaries of science by visiting
our website at

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