National Ecological Observatory Network

Various Locations, North America

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), funded by the National Science Foundation, is the only continental-wide experiment designed to gather ecological data collected over a 30-year period. Instrumentation affixed to 60 towers throughout the country collect ecosystem change data into an information management system and make it available on the Internet. The design of the NEON cyber-infrastructure was conducted under unusually strict guidelines. Each site must cause little to no impact on its surrounding ecosystem, and the infrastructure must last the duration of the 30-year experiment without experiencing measurable change.


National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. (NEON)

At a glance

60 Sites Nationwide

20 ecoclimatic domains across the US

Durable Cyber-infrastructure Design


Approximately 600 billion raw measurements every year

Each tower must cause little-to-no impact on its surrounding ecosystem


Engineering: Environmental, Civil, Structural, Electrical