The National Science Foundation's National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility operated by Battelle and designed to collect long-term open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing.
NEON monitors ecosystems across the United States. Freshwater ecosystems include streams, rivers, and lakes while terrestrial ecosystems span from deserts to tropical forests. Explore our videos to learn more about what we do.
From its earliest beginnings to the fully operational Observatory that NEON is today, many people have thought broadly and deeply about how NEON should be designed and managed.
Spatial and Temporal Design
Learn how NEON was designed to collect data to support local and regional studies over 30 or more years. These spatial and time scales are imperative to understanding complex ecosystem processes and change.
From the first ideas about NEON and its planning, to an Observatory with 81 fields sites across the U.S. in full operation, learn about NEON's rich history.
Vision and Management
NEON is operated by Battelle and benefits from a long history of excellent project management. Battelle's vision is to be a major force in science discovery and translation of knowledge into innovative applications that have societal and economic impacts.
Volunteers making NEON better
Since its inception, NEON has relied on expertise within the science, education, and engineering communities to advise on key areas impacting the design, construction, and maintenance of the Observatory with the goal to optimize its operation.
Technical Working Groups
NEON relies upon input from more than 20 Technical Working Groups (TWGs). These groups play an important role by providing input to NEON’s data collection and processing methods and ensuring that NEON infrastructure, data, and programs are a valuable community resource.
The Science, Technology, and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) is an external advisory body, providing strategic advice to Battelle, the NEON Chief Scientist/Observatory Director, and NEON program staff on the planning and operation of NEON and other relevant programs.
Details about NEON
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About NEON Engagement
Check out documentation on NEON's engagement strategy, as well as NEON's plan for promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our work.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
With the rest of Battelle, the NEON program is committed to cultivating an inclusive culture and work environment. Find our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan here and learn more about DEI at Battelle.
This strategic engagement plan lays a foundation for engagement and highlights NEON's engagement goals and objectives for 2018-2022.
Community Assessment Report
All of our engagement, education, and outreach activities are guided by findings published in our 2018 Community Engagement Assessment Report.
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