NEON will enable the first continental-scale comparisons of research transects focused on some of the nation's most pressing ecological challenges:
Continental-scale climate change
Effects of urban and exurban development
Agriculture and biofuels
Invasive species and infectious diseases
Climate change effects through the water cycle (rain/snow, permafrost, runoff)
NEON will enable better understanding of the management and impacts of biofuels, watersheds, grazing lands, coastal ecosystems, and other vital systems. The Observatory will provide data streams for next-generation ecological forecasting capability, catalyzing the use of ecological forecasts for resource decisions and adaptive management in a range of situations. NEON will support an early warning system for the impacts of climate change, invasive species, and emerging diseases.
NEON education is fully integrated with the Observatory science program. It is designed to translate scientific data into meaningful information that citizens can understand and use. It will provide the environment for people to collaborate, investigate, and learn. NEON education will also support the professional development opportunities that scientists and educators need to become more effective researchers and teachers.
NEON will be a sentinel system for environmental change, a national laboratory focused on understanding complex ecological processes at the continental scale. It is the first initiative in the biological sciences that is eligible for funding through the National Science Foundation's Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction fund. It is designed to serve as the US terrestrial contribution to the proposed Global Earth Observation System of Systems. – less – More from ZoomInfo »