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Graphic illustration showing the earth with an EKG-like signal

NEON will collect data that will enable scientists to--for the first time--measure the causes and long-term impacts of climate change, invasive species and land use changes throughout the U.S. In addition, NEON will produce educational/outreach resources based on NEON data.

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Graphic illustration showing a patient and the earth and how EKG and NEON work in similar ways.

Like an EKG, NEON will gather data from geographically dispersed, strategically located sensors.

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Map showing location of sensors that will report data for NEON

NEON's 106 data collection sites (60 terrestrial and 46 aquatic) have been allocated among 20 distinct eco-climactic domains--each of which is distinguished by its vegetation, landforms, climate and ecosystem performance. Additional NEON locations will be added, as appropriate, to represent extreme conditions, such as droughts, fires and floods.

Credit: NEON


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Graphic illustration showing a NEON location's infrastructure on ground, in the air and water.

At each NEON location, ecological variables--such as pollution levels, land use, diversity of plant and animal species, health and types of vegetation, air temperature and soil conditions--will be captured through 539 unique measurements. Many of these measurements have never before been collected in tandem to help identify long-term ecological trends.

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NEON's Sandra Henderson on the cover of "Frontiers," the journal's most popular issue

Sandra Henderson, the director of NEON's Project BudBurst--a prominent citizen science group--edited this special issue of the Ecological Society of America's journal "Frontiers" on citizen science. Published in August 2012, it was the most popular issue in the journal's history.

Credit: Central photo: C. Calvin/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Background photo: D.L. Ward/NEON


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Wild fire in Colorado's huge High Park fire

The High Park wildfire, which burned in the mountains near Fort Collins, Colo., was started by lightning on June 9, 2012; it raged out of control for weeks. A joint NEON/Colorado State University study of the fire's entire huge burn scar and adjacent areas will provide critical data to communities that are still coping with post-fire issues involving water quality, erosion and ecosystem restoration.

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