About Us

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.

View of LENO tower from a drone

About NEON

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.

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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.

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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.

NEON's 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.


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.

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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.

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Get Involved

Grow with NEON

NEON provides opportunities for career growth at all stages, including partnered internships for undergraduates, seasonal fieldwork, postdoctoral and visiting research programs, and full careers with Battelle.

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See what's happening at NEON through our periodic newsletters. Subscribe at the bottom of any page on this website.

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Look up a particular scientist, engineer, or leader in our staff listing.

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Have any questions about NEON? Check out our Frequently Answered Questions.


User Accounts

Help build our community by creating a user account. Learn more about what accounts do for you and NEON.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

With the rest of Battelle, the NEON program is committed to cultivating an inclusive culture and work environment. Find our DEIA Plan here and learn more about Diversity at Battelle.

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Strategic Engagement

This strategic engagement plan lays a foundation for engagement and highlights NEON's engagement goals and objectives.

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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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General Questions

For general questions or feedback about NEON data, websites, or resources.

Field Offices

See where all of our field offices are located and who to contact.

Media Inquiries

Would you like to write about NEON? Please review this page.


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