Advisory Groups

The science, education and engineering communities provided essential input regarding NEON’s design from its inception to the early Observatory design phases. In preparation for the NEON’s Preliminary Design Review by the National Science Foundation in 2003, six multidisciplinary teams of experts reviewed and revised key aspects of the Observatory’s design.

Currently, NEON relies upon input from Technical Working Groups (TWGs), comprising science, education and engineering experts. TWGs provide input to the Observatory’s data collection and processing methods; they also help ensure that NEON infrastructure, data and programs are a valuable community resource. Working groups are participatory and advisory; they are often tasked with providing input on issues that have scientific, educational, engineering or operational implications.

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2017 Science, Technology & Education Advisory Committee (STEAC)

The role of the STEAC is to provide community-driven advice to the NEON Chief Scientist and Principal Investigator(s) on: (i) the direction and vision of the Observatory, which includes how the Observatory and other relevant projects can meet their high-level goals; (ii) how best to position Observatory capabilities to address frontier science and science strategy, which can include reviews, new data products, initiatives, collaborations, relations with other Observatories, research infrastructures, and Research and Synthesis Centers; (iii) how best to align observatory efforts with other Federal investments, (iv) how Operations and logistics can address the science requirements, and (v) educational objectives and programs.  

Airborne Sampling Design Technical Working Group

The Airborne Sampling Design Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the NEON airborne remote sensing flight sampling design and campaign scheduling.

Aquatic Instrument Technical Working Group

The Aquatic Instrument Technical Working Group supports activities related to aquatic instruments and sensors.

Aquatic Observational Sampling Technical Working Group

This Rapid Response group will be utilized if needed to provide recommendations to realize budget constraints related to Aquatic Observation System scope and sampling designs.

Aquatic Technical Working Group

The Aquatic Technical Working Group provides expert knowledge across the fields of Aquatic Ecology, Biogeochemistry and Ecohydrology.

Atmospheric Chemistry Technical Working Group

The Atmospheric Chemistry Technical Working Group provides expert input, insight, experience and advice regarding the senor assembly design, integrated function, critical parts and materials, flow consideration, as well as the field and lab procedures. 

Biorepository Technical Working Group

The Biorepository Technical Working Group is comprised of curation, archival and museum collections experts who advise NEON’s procedures and protocols regarding scientific research collections, such as organismal and soil samples.

Breeding Birds Technical Working Group

The Breeding Landbirds Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON breeding landbirds sampling.

Data Standards Technical Working Group

The Data Standards Technical Working Group is tasked with making recommendations to NEON about effective ways to provide NEON's data products to the broader scientific, educational, and policy communities.

Fish Technical Working Group

The Fish Technical Working Group provides expert knowledge and support for the development of field-based protocols and strategies for standardization of sampling across NEON aquatic sites.

Foliar Sampling Technical Working Group

The Foliar Sampling Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice related to sampling sun-lit plant foliage, with the goal of linking field measurements to remotely sensed observations of vegetation chemical and physical properties.

Ground Beetle Technical Working Group

The ground beetle Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON ground beetle sampling. 

LiDAR Technical Working Group

The LiDAR Technical Working Group assesses and recommends strategies for developing and implementing techniques for instrument calibration and data validation, operational instrument testing, and product data formatting for vegetation remote sensing.

Microbial Technical Working Group

The Microbial Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON measurements of microbial diversity in terrestrial environments.

Mobile Deployment Platform Technical Working Group

This group supports activities related to the development of Mobile Deployment Platforms by assisting our scientists with sensor integration, optimizing designs for maximum scientific utility, and collaborating on data product and document generation.

Mosquito Technical Working Group

The Mosquito Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON mosquito sampling.

Small Mammals Technical Working Group

The Small Mammal Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON small mammal abundance, diversity and pathogen sampling.

Soil Sensor Technical Working Group

The Soil Technical Working Group supports activities related to soil sensor data collection, such as optimizing sampling designs and providing feedback on algorithms to process the data.

Spatial Sampling Technical Working Group

The Spatial Sampling Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the spatial sampling design for the NEON Terrestrial Observation System. 

Surface Atmosphere Exchange Technical Working Group

The Surface Atmosphere Exchange Technical Working Group recommends, develops and revises data processing techniques that allow (i) testing to which degree these assumptions are fulfilled, and (ii) quantifying residual uncertainty terms

Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Technical Working Group

The Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON biogeochemistry sampling.

Terrestrial Instrument Data QA/QC Technical Working Group

The Terrestrial Instrument Data QA/QC Technical Working Group supports activities related to assuring the quality of Terrestrial Instrument data products, as well as presenting quality summaries to the user community.

Terrestrial Observational Sampling Technical Working Group

This Rapid Response group will be utilized if needed to provide recommendations to realize budget constraints related to the Terrestrial Observation System scope and sampling designs.

Terrestrial Plant Diversity and Phenology Technical Working Group

The Terrestrial Plant Diversity and Phenology Technical Working Group provides expert input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON plant diversity and phenology sampling.

Terrestrial Plant Productivity and Biomass Technical Working Group

The Terrestrial Plant Productivity Technical Working Group provides input into how the NEON Terrestrial Observation System allocates sampling effort for plant biomass, productivity, and leaf area index measurements.