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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 03, 2018
Construction Status for this Site
Along an eastern deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie transition zone just north of Lawrence, Kansas, this 6 km
2 terrestrial field site is located at the University of Kansas Field Station. A 116' tall flux tower rises out of a mixed hardwood forest dominated by white ash trees. Field obdservations of plants, animals, soils and microbes are collected around the tower and in the nearby tallgrass prairie.
Total data products planned for this site: 114
Site Host & Access Site Host:
University of Kansas
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:39.04043, -95.19215 Elevation:335 m Mean Annual Temperature:12C/53.6F Mean Annual Precipitation:870 mm Dominant NLCD Classes:
Wind-blown sand and silt. Pleistocene.
USGS HUC: h10270104
Dominant Phenology Species:
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, Celtis occidentalis, Carya ovata
Mean Canopy Height:
The mean canopy height is 19'.
Fine, smectitic, mesic. Pachic Argiudolls.
The dominant wind direction is southeast.
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 126’ with 6 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 Hayes Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502