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Harvard Forest Research Project 2022

  • Title: NEON Field Operations - 2022
  • Principal investigator: Kristin Godfrey (
  • Institution: Not Specified
  • Primary contact: Michael Kuhlman (
  • Team members:
  • Abstract:

    The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Program is a continental-scale observatory for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on ecology. NEON will gather long-term data on ecological responses of the biosphere to changes in land use and climate, and of feedback with the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. The NEON Program is the first initiative in the biological sciences to be supported through the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction fund and is managed by Battelle Memorial Institute.

    The NEON Program will quantify the impacts of climate change, land use, and biological invasions on terrestrial ecology by sampling key groups of sentinel taxa. The Fundamental Sentinel Unit (FSU) and Terrestrial Observation System (TOS) element acquires data through field sampling and collection in its science and measurement areas with an ecosystem represented by microbes, plants, small mammals, birds, insects and soils. Aircraft with specially mounted instrumentation will fly routine patterns over all NEON sites and surrounding areas (~300km2 range) approximately once per year to collect detailed aerial data about the regional landscape and vegetation. Each site fly-over will last approximately four hours, with planes flying at an altitude between three and five thousand feet. All flights will be coordinated with the site host. Data will be freely accessible to the public and can be accessed through the NEON Data Portal.

    The Harvard Forest is part of the NEON Domain 1 (Northeast) core site.