The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) will consist of 20 ‘core’ observatories representing distinct eco-regions throughout the United States (see picture). These will be bolstered by temporary stations that can be relocated wherever data need to be collected. The sites will house equipment and host visiting researchers, while gathering a range of environmental data. The result will be a vast database that scientists can mine to tackle broad questions such as how global warming, pollution and land-use change are affecting ecosystems across the US.
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