Open data = science for all
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale ecological observation facility fully funded by NSF and operated by Battelle. NEON collects and provides open data and samples from field sites across the United States to characterize and quantify how our nation's ecosystems are changing. The comprehensive data, spatial extent, and remote sensing technology provided by the NEON program contribute to a better understanding and more accurate forecasting of how human activities impact ecology and how we can more effectively address critical ecological questions and issues.
NEON data and resources are freely available to enable users to tackle scientific questions at scales not accessible to previous generations of ecologists. The Observatory includes 81 field sites (47 terrestrial and 34 aquatic) located in different ecosystems across the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico). Data collection methods are standardized across sites and include automated instrument measurements, observational field sampling, and airborne remote sensing surveys. Field sites are strategically selected to represent different regions of vegetation, landforms, climate, and ecosystem performance. The NEON data catalog includes over 180 data products. The Observatory also archives biological, genomic, and geological samples, available upon request and curated by the NEON Biorepository at Arizona State University.
NEON is part of a bold effort to:
- Understand and forecast continental-scale environmental change
- Inform natural resource decisions
- Engage the next generation of scientists
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More science videos
These videos give a better understanding of the NEON program, explain data collection techniques, and explore scientific concepts related to ecological data. Many of them are short, engaging animated videos that teach key data concepts and tell ecological stories using data and are perfect for adding to presentations and classroom discussions.
NEON-led Events at ESA
Resources and Tools for Accessing and Using NEON data in the Undergraduate Classroom
Organizer: Marie Faust
Time: Friday, August 6 - 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
SC 3: NEON Biodiversity: Explore and work with NEON organismal data
Organizer: Erik Sokol
Time: Friday, August 6 - 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Registration Fee: $25
INS 1: Interoperable ecological data - Putting the I into FAIR Data
Organizer: Corinna Gries (EDI) and Eric Sokol
Time: Monday, August 2 - 8:30 AM-9:30 AM Pacific Time
OOS 5: Leveraging FAIR data to discover new connections in ecology
Organizer: Erik Sokol, Corinna Gries (EDI)
Time: Monday, August 2 - 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time
PS 39: Open source tools for working with NEON remote sensing data
Author: Bridget Hass
Time: Thursday, August 5 - 9:30 AM-10:30 AM Pacific Time
Data Help Desk Talk
Accessing NEON data and samples using the NEON Biorepository data portal (10-15 minute)
Organizer: Kelsey Yule
Time: Thursday, Aug 5 - on demand
From our servers to your research: tutorials and resources for loading NEON data into your preferred computing environment (10-15 minute)
Organizer: Marie Faust
Time: Wednesday, Aug 4 - on demand
Explore NEON resources
NEON provides a variety of resources to support researchers, educators, and students in using NEON data including:
Looking to improve your data skills using specific tools like R or Python? Want to learn more about working with a specific NEON data product?
NEON develops online tutorials to help you improve your research. These self-paced tutorials are designed for you to used as standalone help on a single topic or as a series to learn new techniques.
For educators, NEON provides Teaching Modules that include lesson outlines, curated datasets, and data skills activities to teach essential ecological concepts with accompanying data skills. Teaching modules are cross-listed on QUBES Hub and through other collaborating projects.
We welcome inquires from instructors interested in using NEON data in their own classrooms.
Workshops can range from a few hours to a week and teach specific skills and provide more insight into NEON data.
NEON workshops are posted on our Upcoming Events page. You can browse our upcoming workshops here, and also find links to past workshops and recorded events. Contact us with any questions about our workshops and trainings.
This page includes a variety of information to help researchers plan their research and submit proposals to funding agencees, including the National Science Foundation. Topics include AOP flight schedules and interannual observational sampling schedules, site access guidelines, how to request a letter of support and how to request an assignable assets.