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NEON Distributed Sensor Networks. NEON cyberinfrastructure will transform the data acquired into information that can be used for next-generation ecological forecasting.
Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, NSF

NEON science staff examine a tower at a NEON site in Colorado. Sensors on the towers will collect data on key drivers of ecological change, specifically, climate change, land-use change and invasive species, and document the impacts of these changes over time.
Credit: Abraham Karam, NEON, Inc.

NEON provides large amounts of freely available resources for research, including data and specimens.
Credit: Sandra Chung, NEON, Inc.

The study of land use, land cover and land processes examines natural and anthropogenic changes to the land surface.
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Ian Dahlke works on a boom arm of a NEON tower. NEON's robust architecture requires engineering solutions that meet current scientific requirements and respond to future needs.
Credit: NEON, Inc.

NEON will collect data from 81 sites across the United States. Using rigorous statistical analyses, the sites were strategically selected to represent 20 eco-climatic domains, which include distinct landforms, vegetation, climate and ecosystem processes.
Credit: NEON, Inc.

A digital rendering of a fully instrumented NEON site that includes various sensors placed in the soil, in the water and on a tower. Information is also collected from plants, animals, invertebrates and microorganisms around the site. An airborne remote-sensing platform flies over sites annually, collecting aerial data.
Credit: Colin Williams, NEON, Inc.


Spectrometer data overlaid on a LiDAR point cloud (4x vertical enhancement). The Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) features an aircraft mounted hyperspectral instrument and LiDAR used to collect the 3-D distribution of plant canopies and topographic data.
Credit: Joe Boardman, NEON, Inc.

Soil samples taken for the Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET)
Credit: Josh Roberti, NEON, Inc.

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Research Highlights

High-resolution LiDAR data gathered during 2012 Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) flyovers of the Harvard Forest site. The data are color-coded by elevation; green is lowest and red is highest.
Credit: Keith Krause, NEON, Inc.

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