In mid-November a forest fire started in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, sparking several wildfires that spread uncontrollably. Last week, a safety team ventured out to two impacted field sites to assess the damage.
NEON has published its first undergraduate teaching module aimed specifically at faculty wanting to use data in undergraduate classrooms. The free module, available online, allows students to use real-world ecological data to better understand the causes and effects of natural disturbance events like floods.
In response to suggestions from the scientific community, we’ve expedited the production of some new features to the data portal to help you better navigate the data NEON provides! Test out our newly launched prototype Application Programming Interface (API) as well as the compact view data availability page.
Five Battelle scientists, Stefan Metzger, Cove Sturtevant, Hongyan Luo, Natchaya Pingintha-Durden and David Durden along with software engineering manager Greg Holling recently attended the annual Ameriflux PI meeting to present on NEON project progress and talk shop.
In recent months, NEON has successfully outfitted four aquatic sites with a complete suite of sensors including in-stream sensors, groundwater well sensors and meteorological sensors. Observational samples are also being collected by field staff, making these four sites the Observatory’s first fully operational aquatic sites.
Earlier this summer, we bid farewell to six dynamic and brilliant undergraduate interns who worked at NEON for eleven weeks on a variety of cross-disciplinary projects that ranged from data visualization to analysis of different soil sampling methods.
In early August, the National Science Foundation (NSF) gave its approval to transition observational sampling to operations at 13 terrestrial field sites bringing the total number of terrestrial sites with observational sampling to 27, representing over 50% of planned sites.
This weekend, thousands of scientists will journey to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the 101 st annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (#ESA2016) . The theme is“Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene,” and the NEON team will be there to talk with scientists about how they plan to use NEON project data in their research and teaching.
A NEON contractor earned a National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) earlier this year for constructing a NEON tower at the Lenoir Landing (AL) field site.
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), operated by Battelle, has joined the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) Federation , another NSF-sponsored program to provide more exposure for the research community to NEON data.
Two new products have recently been added to NEON’s available suite of airborne remote sensing data: fPAR (fractional Photosynthetically Active Radiation) and LAI (Leaf Area Index) bringing the total count of remote sensing data products to sixteen.
Six enthusiastic undergraduate interns arrived at NEON headquarters in May to participate in NEON’s fourth annual undergraduate internship program . Learn more about who they are and what they are working on.
Phenology—the study of how nature changes seasonally—is a core focus of NEON science. Studying how plants, insects and animals respond to seasonal changes is central to increasing scientists’ understanding of how variations in climate impact life cycle patterns of plant, insect and animal communities.
Learn more about how some of these data can be used to help estimate and map relative vegetation health, biomass and plant productivity in detail across the greater areas around NEON sites. We'll also tell you how to get the data.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program with a fast approaching proposal deadline of March 15.
Hitomi Okada, who interned with NEON this past summer, recently came in second place in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Virtual Poster Showcase . Read on to see how an undergraduate internship with NEON helped Hitomi prepare for this competition.
Learn about Katherine McCarter and her perspective on the importance of NEON for the field of ecology. Katherine is the Executive Director of the Ecological Society of America (ESA); she has served in this leadership role since 1997. Over the last decade, Katherine has remained committed to supporting NEON: she joined the Board of Directors in January, 2011 and even served on the Consortium Design Committee during NEON’s inception.
Did you know that NEON uses sonic anemometers mounted at the top of NEON flux towers and at lower levels of the towers to measure wind speed? Measurements are collected in the same fashion across all NEON towers allowing for comparisons between sites, and preliminary wind speed data are currently available from many field sites.