Historical Documents

Learn more about NEON's history and the Observatory's design in the documents below.

Title Description Date Published

Abstracts for Non-site Based RFIs

This is a compilation of the RFI abstracts that address Research Designs, Experimental Design, and other responses received for the NSF NEON RFI Synthesis workshop at the USGS EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD. See the call for RFI that solicited suggestions from the community in the Call for RFI document.

December 12, 2007

NEON Core Sites and Research Questions

A document listing the candidate core sites as defined in March 2007, as well as the assignment of relocatable themes to each Domain.

March 13, 2007

Research Design Basis for the NEON Relocatable Systems

This document was released after the National Network Design meeting in Boulder, CO (February 2007). It outlines the strategy for integrating into the NEON design the relocatable themes recommended by the NSF EROS RFI Synthesis Workshop (February 2007). The themes are: land use, biodiversity-invasives-disease, and climate change-ecohydrology-biogeochemistry.

March 07, 2007

Call for RFI

The goal of this call for a Request-for-Information (RFI) is to obtain information from the environmental science community to further refine the design and specifications of NEON. This information is needed to prepare the Project Execution Plan, a document required for the Preliminary Design Review, which is the second of three reviews that must occur prior to requesting funds from NSF to construct NEON. The responses to this call for RFIs can be viewed in the Abstracts for Non-site Based RFIs document

October 27, 2006

Integrated Science and Education Plan

The NEON Design Consortium, consisting of 160 volunteer scientists, educators and engineers, played a critical role in determining the scientific and educational requirements that must be supported by NEON. The work of the Consortium resulted in the Integrated Science and Education Plan (ISEP). This document outlines the continental-scale stratification scheme employed in the NEON design.

October 23, 2006

Workshop Report: A Workshop on Modeling in NEON

Models are ubiquitous tools for advancing science; they allow scientists to deal with the complexity of the natural-human environment, with the interdisciplinarity of national environmental problems, and with the novelty and sheer quantity of data from observatories such as NEON. Models will play a central and essential role in NEON from the first steps of planning to the final stages of synthesis and forecasting.

July 18, 2005

Workshop Report: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

Current approaches to studying the ecology and evolution of infectious disease systems have provided substantial theoretical development and data during the past decades. However, it is evident that in many cases, the rate at which we are generating substantial new knowledge is slowing. Our ability to understand higher level interactions that influence the patterns of diseases in the real world remain insufficient to allow us to predict outcomes and devise interventions that minimally impact the ecosystem.

August 31, 2004

Workshop Report: Land Use and Habitat Alteration

A long list of essential needs and critical questions concerning the effects of LULC change was identified at the workshop. The diversity of landscapes, the complexity of ecosystem processes that occur within these landscapes, the intensity and extent of current and historical change, and the many uncertainties associated with landscape studies made the prioritization of these questions a challenge. This workshop report addresses those issues.

August 25, 2004

Workshop Report: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

If ecologists are to be successful in distinguishing competing and interacting causes of large-scale ecological changes and associated feedbacks to the atmosphere and hydrosphere, they will need to match the spatial and temporal scales of analysis employed routinely by climatologists. This report identifies and discusses 10 fundamental questions for evaluating ecological implications of climate change at regional-to-continental scales and makes recommendations for the necessary infrastructure to address those questions.

August 24, 2004

Workshop Report: Biodiversity, Species Composition, and Ecosystem Functioning

This report addresses the following six questions: 1. What is the current biological diversity of the United States? 2. What are the spatiotemporal patterns regulating evolution? 3. How are key ecological and evolutionary processes regulating biodiversity distributed in space and time? 4. How does ecosystem functioning change as biodiversity changes, and how does biodiversity change as ecosystem management changes? 5. How does changing biodiversity and ecosystem functioning affect human services (e.g., clean water, soil for agriculture) provided by ecosystems? 6.

July 26, 2004

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