Five years ago, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) decided to place its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Now, according to an article from the Boulder Daily Camera, the federally funded laboratory is over halfway through its $434 million effort to build a laboratory big enough to handle ecological studies for the entire continent.
NEON’s work involves placing 106 field sites and instruments in waterways and on land across the U.S in order to track the impacts of climate change. The sites are located in twenty “eco-climatic” domains that include the northern Alaskan tundra and the desert southwest. Each domain has three research sites, and there are also 46 aquatic sites. The sites will be monitored by satellites as well as aerially, with the data collected being made available to the public through a free portal.
Currently, the headquarters occupies about 100,000 square feet of space and employs nearly 300 people, the article stated. By October, NEON’s Boulder property will house the network’s aircraft. NEON has two Twin Otters, with a third twin-engine aircraft available to scientists with related projects.
The National Ecological Observatory Network has partnered with scientists for other projects, including those from Colorado State University who are studying the impacts of the High Park Fire using 3-D imagery. Results from that project are expected within the next year. NEON’s expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
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