NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation facility, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle, designed to gather and synthesize data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity on a continental scale. NEON collects and provides high quality, standardized data from its 81 terrestrial and aquatic sites across the U.S including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. NEON will combine site-based data with remotely sensed data and existing continental-scale data sets (i.e. satellite data) to provide a range of scaled data products that can be used to describe changes in the nation's ecosystem through space and time.
Construct of the entire observatory took approximately five years with full operations beginning in 2018. Data is available from many sites during the construction years. NEON will collect data for over 30 years.
The mission of the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project is to improve learning opportunities for all students enrolled in undergraduate biology courses by reflecting the centrality of quantitative approaches in modern biology [more info]. One of the ways that QUBES promotes quantitative approaches is by partnering with existing projects and communities to facilitate the discovery and use of their materials.
NEON & QUBES Collaboration
NEON and QUBES have joined forces to:
- Raise awareness of the NEON data/materials within the QUBES community
- Use the QUBES Hub collaborative tools to promote conversations about, and collaborations around, the NEON teaching materials.
- Facilitate Faculty Mentoring Networks to work intensively with a group of faculty as they customize and implement NEON data based modules within the classroom.
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