Welcome to the National Ecological Observatory Network

NEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. We provide freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research.

  • NEON is excited to present its first video in a series of multimedia resources. The Story of LiDAR Data provides a general overview of LiDAR data and highlights how LiDAR data is used to measure structural characteristics of trees. Education is an important part of the NEON project design. NEON’s higher education program provides a … Continue reading »
  • NEON staff celebrate a major accomplishment as four PODs full of sensor equipment ship off to Blandy (D2), Disney (D3), Jones (D3) and Jornada (D14) this week, which marks the beginning of phase...
  • NEON is pleased to welcome its second cohort of summer interns! This year, seven interns join NEON mentor teams to analyze preliminary AOP, aquatic, and terrestrial data, code algorithms to automate...
  • Laura was the NEON project’s first official engineer. She earned her electrical engineering degree from Colorado State University and worked for a Loveland, Colo. water analysis company and Los Alamos National Laboratory before coming to the National Science Foundation-funded National Radio Astronomy Observatory as a subsystem engineer. Laura joined NEON in late 2008, just in time to help stand up the first prototype site at Table Mountain. Within a year of joining NEON, she was building the entire calibration, validation and audit laboratory from the ground up. She was recently promoted to Director of Engineering, where she oversees the designs and development of all of the infrastructure and sensor assemblies that go out to the domain sites, as well as the Cal/Val Lab.

  • Shelley Petroy has never been in outer space – but she’s always liked the view from there. Despite her fascination with space, Petroy has most often trained her gaze on Earth. Petroy studied...

  • John Musinsky knows what good data can do for the world. In fact, he’s built his career on converting scientific information into a call to action. In his two decades at the biodiversity...

  • Jul
    Jul 21 - Aug 01, University of Colorado Mountain Research Station, near Boulder, CO

    Topics will include: flux measurements at the leaf level; modeling leaf CO2 and H2O fluxes; eddy covariance measurements; use of stable isotopes to infer ecosystem-atmosphere fluxes; predictions of fluxes from satellite observations; canopy flux models; assimilation of flux observations and satellite remote sensing data into ecosystem process models; and Bayesian approaches to modeling.

  • Aug
    Aug 10 - Aug 15, Sacramento, CA

    NEON staff will be attending the ESA 2014 conference to give talks and present posters. In addition, NEON will have a large exhibit booth.

  • Aug
    Aug 11 - Aug 14, Atlanta, GA

    NEON staff attending.

  • Aug
    Aug 17 - Aug 21, Quebec City, PQ, Canada

    NEON staff attending.

Explore NEON Resources

Our three-part series from 2012 about the status and future of Big Data in ecological and environmental science.

An interactive timeline of NEON events and documents

This collection of documents and photos tell the story of NEON's evolution from idea to design to built reality.