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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
Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS) was established to provide a "natural laboratory" to conduct ecological research and is located on a 3,487 hectare native tallgrass prairie preserve.
Total data products planned for this site: 102
Site Host & Access Site Host:
The Nature Conservancy, Kansas State University
Is additional non-NEON research allowed at this site?:
Yes, non-NEON research activities are allowed in this area. Researchers must obtain their own permits with the site host(s).
Site Characteristics Latitude/Longitude:39.11044, -96.61295 Elevation:340 m Mean Annual Temperature:12C/53.6F Mean Annual Precipitation:860 mm Dominant NLCD Classes:
Native tallgrass is the dominant vegetation found throughout KPBS, but other communities such as shrublands and deciduous forest are present.
Alluvium. Pleistocene and Holocene.
USGS HUC: h10270101
Mean Canopy Height:
The mean canopy height is 1.5'.
Fine, smectitic, mesic. Pachic Vertic Argiudolls.
The dominant wind direction is south-southwest.
Site history & management
KPBS is jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University and operated by the KSU Division of Biology.
Domain 06 is a patchwork of grassland, forest, agricultural and mountain communities. At KPBS, land use change, resilience and disturbance ecology will be the primary focus.
KPBS is a field research station dedicated to conservation, education and long-term ecological research. Over 1,580 scientific papers have been published by scientists conducting studies at KPBS. The study of ecological patterns and processes in native tallgrass prairie ecosystems is the primary subject of research.
Resources & additional readings
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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Relocatable Terrestrial | Kansas
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Colocated Research Organizations
Field Operations Office
1500 Hayes Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502