The amount of moisture in the soil is one of the critical variables that influence the overall makeup and diversity of the local ecosystem. To ensure data quality and consistency across 47 field sites, scientists had to carefully calibrate soil moisture sensors. Here's what they did—and why it matters to the NEON community.
The NEON project is producing a vast treasure trove of open access airborne remote sensing data. Can computer algorithms help ecologists make sense of it all? A team of ecologists and data scientists at the University of Florida thought so. To accelerate the process, they initiated a data science challenge.