Data collection methods
At each field site, NEON collects a standard suite of data that characterize soil, water, organisms and atmosphere based on the site’s terrestrial or aquatic focus. Data are collected using a combination of field sampling methods by field technicians, as well as sensor-derived and airborne remote methods at varying space and time scales. Standard data collection methods ensure comparability of patterns and processes across NEON sites and through time. When construction is complete, NEON will collect data at 47 terrestrial and 34 aquatic sites.
Data by type: aquatic and terrestrial
Sensors and sampling methods differ between terrestrial and aquatic sites but share an overarching goal of detecting ecological change through time. Where logistically possible, NEON colocates terrestrial and aquatic sites to capture connections across atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. NEON processes these data to derive data products that quantify ecosystem change; these data may be combined with other NEON data or external datasets.