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
Join us! What questions will you answer?
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
All times Pacific Daylight Time
Community Science 101: Building Meaningful Connections with Communities and Co-creating Solutions-based Science
NEON organizer: Marie Faust
Time: Wednesday August 9 - 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM. Room 256.
FAIR Data and NEON Data Discovery at the National Microbiome Data Collaborative
NEON organizer: Kate Thibault
Time: Wednesday, August 9 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Room D136
Explore and Work with Continental-Scale Biodiversity Data: An Introduction to Analysis-Ready NEON and US LTER Data Using Cloud-Native Tools
NEON organizer: Eric Sokol
Time: Sunday August 6 - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Room C124.
Opportunities in Ecological Research Provided by Integrating NEON Measurements and NCAR Modeling
NEON co-organizers: Dave Durden, Dawn Lenz, Mike SanClements, Chris Florian
Time: Sunday August 6 - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Room A105.
Ecological Analysis Across Scales Using NEON Data in Google Earth Engine
NEON organizer: Bridget Hass
Time: Friday August 11 - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Room C124.
Oral Sessions / Talks
Special Session: Data Dialogues: Facilitating FAIR and Open Access to Global Biodiversity Evidence
NEON speaker: Kate Thibault
Time: Monday August 7 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Room 258.
Special Session: Expanding Availability, Accessibility, and Usability of Omic Data: Status and Future Directions
NEON speaker: Kate Thibault
Time: Tuesday August 8 - 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM. Room D136.
Talk: The Symbiota software project: Advancing the integration of biodiversity collections and long-term ecological research data
NEON Biorepository (ASU) presenters: Nico Franz, Kelsey Yule
Time: Tuesday August 8 - 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM. Room B114.
Talk: Greatness in little things: NEON microbial ecology across time and space
NEON presenters: Hugh Cross, Samantha Weintraub-Leff
Time: Tuesday August 8 - 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM. Room 256.
Session: Decolonizing Ecology Starts with You: Working Within Knowledge Systems to Incorporate Indigenous Data Governance into Ecology Data Landscapes
NEON organizer: Katie Jones
Time: Wednesday August 9 - 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM. Room A105.
Talk: An overview of variation in biodiversity across the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
NEON presenter: Eric Sokol
Time: Wednesday August 9 - 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM. Room B110.
The National Ecological Observatory Network: Calculating continuous discharge data using physical channel inputs with probabilistic modeling techniques.
NEON authors: Nick Harrison, Kaelin Cawley, Bobby Hensley
Time: Wednesday August 9 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Field Trip to the Historic Wind River Experimental Forest with the National Ecological Observatory Network Team (SOLD OUT)
NEON organizer: Marie Faust
Time: Saturday August 5 - 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
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.