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NEON Sampling Boundaries
Tower Airshed Boundary
This map depicts the spatial layout of this field site. Please note that some locations may have moved over time due to logistics, safety and science requirements.
This map was updated on December 11, 2018
Construction Status for this Site
The Blandy Experimental Farm contains several land use types typically found in rural-suburban landscapes. This mix of land use types is typical and representative in the Middle Atlantic Domain. This site will be under increasing ecological pressure from urbanization within the rapidly growing megapolitan area. The amount of land cover and associated ecosystem processes in each of these land use types is expected to change over time.
Total data products planned for this site: 113 Current Phenocam Image From The Top of The Flux Tower
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Site Host & Access Site Host:
University of Virginia
Is additional non-NEON research allowed at this site?:
Limited. At this time, the site host will allow a limited amount of non-NEON research activities in this area at their discretion. Researchers must obtain their own permits with the site host(s).
Site Characteristics Latitude/Longitude:39.06026, -78.07164 Elevation:183 m Mean Annual Temperature:12C/53.6F Mean Annual Precipitation:950 mm Dominant NLCD Classes:
The Blandy site is dominated by fallow scrubland. Goldenrod (
Solidago altissima) and hay crops are two of the dominant vegetation types. There are successional species, shrubs and fragmented secondary forests surrounding the site.
Conococheague formation, limestone and dolostone. Cambrian and Ordovician.
USGS HUC: h02070007
Dominant Phenology Species:
Rhamnus davurica, Lonicera maackii, Solidago altissima
Mean Canopy Height:
The mean canopy height is 1'.
Fine, mixed, subactive, mesic. Ultic Hapludalfs.
The dominant wind direction is northwest.
This site provides a baseline understanding of the regional effects of land use, particularly related to expected increases in rates of urbanization and resulting changes in biodiversity, biogeochemistry, and infectious and invasive species biology.
Resources & additional readings
University of Virginia Blandy Experimental Farm
Data Collection Types
Airborne Remote Sensing Surveys
Remote sensing surveys of this field site collect lidar, spectrometer and high-resolution RGB camera data.
The flux/meteorological tower at this site is 26’ with 4 measurement levels. The tower top extends above the vegetation canopy to allow sensors mounted at the top and along the tower to capture the full profile of atmospheric conditions from the top of the vegetation canopy to the ground. The tower collects physical and chemical properties of atmosphere-related processes, such as humidity, wind, and net ecosystem gas exchange. Precipitation data are collected by a tipping bucket at the top of the tower and a series of throughfalls located in the soil array.
This site has one phenocam on the top of the flux tower and one near the bottom of the tower.
Soil Sensor Measurements
This site has five soil plots placed in an array within the airshed of the flux tower. The following measurements may be collected at the soil surface in each soil plot:
Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) at soil surface
Soil heat flux
The following measurements are collected at multiple depths in each soil plot:
Field ecologists collect the following types of observational data at this site:
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Colocated Research Organizations
Field Operations Office
1500 Remount Road
MRC 5560, Bldg 90 Front Royal, VA 22630