"The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental scale research instrument consisting of geographically distributed infrastructure, networked via cybertechnology into an integrated research platform for regional to continental scale ecological research. Cutting-edge sensor networks, instrumentation, experimental infrastructure, natural history archive facilities, and remote sensing will be linked via the internet to computational, analytical, and modeling capabilities to create NEON's integrated infrastructure."
"The mission of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is to enable understanding and forecasting of the impacts of climate change, land use change, and invasive species on continental-scale ecology -- by providing infrastructure and consistent methodologies to support researcch and education in these areas."
"NEON sites are strategically located across the US within 20 ecoclimatic domainsthat represent regions of distinct landforms, vegetation, climate, and ecosystem dynamics." Each domain will have three key sites: a core (wildland) site, and two additional sites known as relocatables.
In the NEON Prairie Peninsula Domain (Domain 06), the core site and one relocatable are at the Konza Prairie Biological Station (located south of Manhattan, KS, and managed by the Division of Biology at Kansas State University).The other NEON relocatable site in Domain 06 is at the University of Kansas Field Station (located north of Lawrence, KS, and managed by the Kansas Biological Survey).
Konza was chosen as a core site because of its representative vegetation (native tallgrass prairie) and because of the tremendous amount of baseline data at the site. The KU Field Station was selected as a site to represent an area formerly dominated by tallgrass prairie, but which is transitioning to woodland, a common phenomenon in the Prairie Peninsula. The KU Field Station also has rich legacy data and the facilities to host multiple research projects
Contact information regarding the Kansas University Field Station:
Field Operations Manager, D06
National Ecological Observatory Network
1500 Hayes Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
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