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NEON site in Front Royal, Virginia (Image 2)

Tower at NEON site in Front Royal, Virginia

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site in Front Royal, Virginia. NEON collects data using sensors mounted on towers at terrestrial field sites across the US. Tower sensors monitor physical and chemical properties of atmosphere-related processes such as humidity and wind. They also measure net ecosystem exchange or the amount of gas that is exchanged between the atmosphere and the ecosystem.

NEON is a continental-scale, ecological observation facility, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle, that gathers and synthesizes data on the impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. To learn more about NEON, visit the NEON website. (Date image taken: October 2016; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 25, 2017) [Image 2 of 3 related images. See Image 3.]

Credit: Neil Canfield, National Science Foundation

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