There are five components of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP), Terrestrial Instrument System (TIS), Terrestrial Observation System (TOS), Aquatic Instrument System (AIS), and Aquatic Observation System (AOS). Collocation of measurements associated with each of these components will allow for linkage and comparison of data related to physical, chemical, and biological parameters. For example, remote sensing data provided by the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) will link diversity and productivity data collected on individual plants and riparian areas by the Aquatic Observation System (AOS) and water quality data captured by in situ aquatic sensors (AIS) to that of satellite-based remote sensing collected outside of NEON. The NEON Aquatic subsystem, comprised of AOS and AIS, will quantify the impacts of climate change, land use, and biological invasions on freshwater populations and processes by sampling organismal community composition, measuring surface and groundwater chemistry, deploying instrumentation in and around water bodies, and tracking habitat structure. The standardization of protocols across all sites is a key to the success of NEON (and its novelty) and will be maintained at all sites through time. Additionally, data processing is standardized such that quality controlled data products derived from NEON measurements are freely available through the data portal.
The Ball State University Graduate School is hosting a writing workshop webinar on Monday, February 8, from 4-5 p.m. to help graduate students improve their academic writing. The workshop can be viewed in Ball Communications room 129, online or later as a recording. Registration is available online for this event.