NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation facility that gathers and synthesizes data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.
The NEON observatory is designed to collect high-quality, standardized data from 81 field sites (47 terrestrial and 34 aquatic) across the U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico). Data collection methods are standardized across sites and include in situ instrument measurements, field sampling and airborne remote sensing. Field sites are strategically selected to represent different regions of vegetation, landforms, climate, and ecosystem performance. NEON data and resources are freely available to enable users to tackle scientific questions at scales not accessible to previous generations of ecologists.
Dr. Will is NEON’s North American identifier of carabid beetles, and the Essig Museum is the official repository for specimens.
Neon is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle.