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A NEON Site Tour: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (CANCELLED)

Saturday, August 8, 2015: 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Charles St. Entrance, Baltimore Convention Center
David J. Durden, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Rachel E. Krauss, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON); Charles Bohall, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON, Inc.); and Ty Lindberg, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) provides open, continental-scale data that characterize and quantify complex, rapidly changing ecological processes. The Observatory’s comprehensive design supports greater understanding of ecological change and enables forecasting of future ecological conditions. Participants will be escorted to the recently constructed NEON site at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Upon arrival, a tour of the tower site will be led by the local NEON domain staff that maintain the tower and soil array, perform a host of protocols at both the terrestrial and aquatic sites, and ensure the data quality of the observatory is preserved. NEON scientists and staff will walk participants through the terrestrial protocols that are being implemented with an emphasis on the complexities of applying rigorously standardized protocols on a continental scale. After conclusion of the site tour, lunch and short presentations on aquatic and terrestrial science strategies will be held at the newly built research facility. Following the presentations, discussions on integrating NEON data into research initiatives and requesting NEON resources are encouraged.

Registration Fee: $65

Equipment and Attire: Closed-toe shoes, pants, long sleeve shirts, hats, sunscreen, and bug repellant are suggested.

Itinerary: 1. 8:00 AM - Leave Convention Center for Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to arrive by 9:00 AM. 2. 9:00 AM – Tour the NEON tower site at SERC 3. 11:30 AM – Travel from the NEON tower site to the SERC research facility 4. 12:00 PM – Lunch at the SERC research facility 5. 1:00 PM – Presentations by NEON and SERC followed by discussion 6. 2:30 PM - Leave Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to return to the Convention Center by 3:30 PM.

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