In this edition:  Upcoming opportunities and recent highlights
Limited spots left in upcoming ESA-hosted webinar 
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 21, 2017, for those interested in learning about the National Science Foundation (NSF) MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program, which will have a proposals deadline coming up on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Presenters will include NSF MacroSystems Program Officers Dr. Liz Blood and Dr. Mike Binford, MacroSystems Principal Investigator Dr. Mike Kaspari and Battelle scientists who work on the NEON project. The presenters will provide information and answer questions about the NSF program, how to develop successful proposals, as well as what data products and resources are available from the NEON project that you can leverage for your research. Advanced registration is required for this webinar and spots are filling up quickly.
Upcoming proposals deadline
Applications are due October 16, 2017, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to the NSF for the MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science program. Visit our Information for Researchers page to learn more about useful resources, including how to request a letter of support, site access information, available data products and how to contact staff scientists for any NEON project questions that you might have. Read more.
Join a Technical Working Group
Interested in ensuring that the NEON project is a valuable resource for your research? Consider joining a Technical Working Group (TWG) and help shape NEON science and data. These advisory groups work on topics ranging from data standards to specific collection methods. The overarching objective of TWGs is to ensure that the design and operation of the observatory is based upon sound scientific rationale and good engineering practice. TWG members also help make certain that NEON infrastructure, data and programs are a valuable community resource.
Talking bathymetric mapping techniques at the American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual meeting
Aquatic scientist, Brandon Jensen, recently attended the AFS 2017 annual meeting to present on bathymetric and morphologic mapping methods used at NEON lake and river sites and discuss how the aquatic science community might take a more unified approach to collecting and processing sonar data in turn making the data more comparable between sites and across the country. Read more .
Data being collected at majority of NEON field sites

As we get closer to becoming a fully operational observatory, it is exciting to see that data are being collected at almost all of our sites. These data are collected using three collection systems: observational field sampling, automated insitu instruments and periodic remote sensing surveys. We are also working furiously on processing and publishing new data product pipelines to the data portal for users to download more data. In the last month, we’ve added many new observational data products including:

  • Reaeration field and lab collection
  • Salt-based stream discharge
  • Stream discharge field collection
  • Periphyton, seston and phytoplankton collection
  • Macroinvertebrate collection
  • Aquatic plant bryophyte chemical properties
  • Wet deposition chemical analysis
  • Stable isotope concentrations in precipitation 
  • Coarse downed wood bulk density sampling
  • Rodent-borne pathogen status

Next up, we will start publishing airborne data to the portal for direct download (transitioning away from our current method of providing these data upon request). To explore NEON data products, visit our interactive data product catalog.
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