The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): Building a Community-Infused, Community-Driven Resource For Ecological Science
Tuesday, August 6, 2013: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall B, Minneapolis Convention Center
Steve Berukoff, National Ecological Observatory Network
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale ecological observation platform, funded by the National Science Foundation, for understanding and forecasting the impacts of climate change, land use change, and invasive species on ecology. NEON’s design includes a large set of consistent, standards- and requirements-based measurements and observations of ecosystem drivers and their responses, and is built upon a charter of providing free and open access to its data and information products as a service to scientists, students, educators, planners, and policymakers seeking to examine the critical synergy of ecosystem science within the human enterprise. NEON’s design goal is to provide this physical and information infrastructure, driven and supported by its community, as a resource for 30 years, delivering data products from over 100 sites, derived from terrestrial and aquatic instrumentation, sampling, and observations and an airborne remote sensing platform. Through its continental scope and system science approach, NEON is a research platform, with several initiatives already utilizing it as a key element of ongoing and future large-scale programs, such as the NSF Macrosystems. NEON’s construction is underway, and this proposed organized poster session brings together contributions highlighting not only the work NEON’s own staff scientists are performing to bring its goals to fruition, but the crucial inputs provided by the larger ecological community in shaping how this continental-scale resource can best be designed, implemented, leveraged, and maintained, ensuring optimal use for a maximal user base.