At each field site, NEON collects data to characterize soil, water, organisms and atmosphere based on the site’s terrestrial or aquatic focus. Data are collected at varying space and time scales using three systems (1) Airborne remote sensing surveys (2) Automated instruments and (3) Observational sampling conducted by field scientists. Data collection methods are standardized and well documented to ensure comparability of patterns and processes across NEON sites and through time. Explore NEON's 81 field sites.
Data Collection at Freshwater Aquatic and Terrestrial Sites
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. All NEON data are open access and free to download from the NEON data portal.