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martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

NSF: NEON begins to monitor changing ecology of the U.S. .- NEON comienza a registrar el cambio de la ecología de los EE.UU.


NEON begins to monitor changing ecology of the U.S.

The National Ecological Observatory is the most comprehensive, long-term effort ever to record what's happening to the land, air and living things
The National Ecological Observatory (NEON) is a large-facility project managed by NEON, Inc., and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NEON is a continental-scale research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species on ecological systems.
NEON will gather long-term data on the biosphere's response to changes in land use and climate, as well as its interactions with the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Data will be collected by automated sensors, an airplane and field crews in 20 NEON regions, or 'domains,' over 30 years-time. Scientists and the public everywhere can access the data online. The Mid-Atlantic domain comprises the core site in Front Royal, Virginia, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's 3,200-acre campus, along with two additional sites located at Blandy Experimental Farm near White Post, Virginia, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland.
Research in this episode was supported by NSF grant #1246537, NEON Initial Operations.

aerial view of Dalton Highway, Alaska
NSF has funded 19 projects to enable innovative biological research and foster collaborations that leverage data from NEON, a groundbreaking, continent-wide observatory that allows scientists to systematically study the Earth's biosphere. Find out more in this news release.
Credit: National Ecological Observatory Network
NEON fire
In response to one of the worst wildfires in Colorado history, scientists from the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU) led a first of its kind, large-scale wildfire impact study on the 2012 High Park fire in partnership with Colorado's newest research facility, NEON. The study was expected to provide critical data to communities still grappling with how to respond to major water quality, erosion and ecosystem restoration issues in an area spanning more than 136 square miles. Find out more in this Science Nation video.
Credit: Science Nation, National Science Foundation
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