Twenty terrestrial wildland core sitesstatistically represent unmanaged wildland conditions across the U.S. for NEON's 30-year lifetime.
NEON moves an additional 40 relocatable terrestrial sites every five to seven years to locations where they may best capture specific ecological phenomena such as land use change and regional nitrogen deposition.
Thirty-six aquatic sites collect representative aquatic data. Many aquatic sites are located near core and relocatable terrestrial sites.
Each domain represents distinct landforms, vegetation, climate and ecosystem dynamics. However, the actual domain boundaries were determined so that a single domain management office can be located within a day's drive of a core site and two relocatable sites.
The National Ecological Observatory Network is a project solely funded by the National Science Foundation and managed under cooperative agreement by NEON, Inc. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.