Expanding the scale of aquatic sciences: the role of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Publication Type: Journal Article

Authors: Keli Goodman, Stephanie Parker, Jennifer Edmonds, Lydia Zeglin

Source: Freshwater Science, Volume 34 p.377 - 385 (2015)



The current and future direction of aquatic ecological research leans toward addressing questions that cover multiple scales and levels of complexity. Historically, the ability to do comparative aquatic research across large spatial and temporal scales has been impeded by a lack of comparable measurements, standard methods, and a well organized data management and retrieval system. The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is the first continental-scale ecological observation system designed to collect and provide freely available data on the drivers and responses of ecological change. In this paper, we describe past and present attempts to work across multiple scales in aquatic ecology, and the potential use of NEON aquatics data and infrastructure by researchers to integrate and expand ecological research programs and address novel ecological questions. © 2015 by The Society for Freshwater Science.

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