IBRCS White Papers
NEON Science Workshop Series
This series of reports reflects the recommendations of six workshops held in 2004 that aimed to provide guidance on the design of NEON. The topics were drawn from a recent NRC study of important, outstanding ecological questions that require the development of an infrastructure designed for national scale observation. The goals of the workshops were to identify key scientific questions, hypotheses, or issues around which NEON should be organized and recommend infrastructure design needs associated with the questions. The reports are intended to stimulate further discussion and debate within the scientific community in general and to provide a springboard for future NEON design efforts.
A Plan for Developing and Governing the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
The report is a synthesis of discussions that took place during a two part conference on the Coordination and Implementation of NEON. It describes a both an organizational and governance framework for NEON and a process for implementation. The report is the second white paper about NEON issued in association with the IBRCS project. The 23-page report is also available in hardcopy by contacting Jeffrey Goldman (), Director, IBRCS Program.
IBRCS White Paper: Rationale, Blueprint, and Expectations for the National Ecological Observatory Network
This white paper, Rationale, Blueprint, and Expectations for the National Ecological Observatory Network, was developed by the IBRCS Working Group. It was released at an event held at the National Press Club on March 25, 2003 (see press reports). Its aim is to advance the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) initiative by explaining the scientific rationale behind the need for NEON, how NEON will operate to meet that need, and the results that NEON is expected to produce. The IBRCS Working Group, which has diverse representation from the biological and scientific community, was aided in its preparation of the white paper by input from other scientists and organizations. As a result, this white paper represents the views of a broad segment of the scientific community. The 68-page report is also available in hardcopy by contacting Jeffrey Goldman (), Director, IBRCS Program.
NEON Workshop Reports
NEON planning workshops brought biologists and other scientists together to flesh out the NEON concept and to discuss the opportunities and challenges that it presents. All of the workshops reached consensus in their enthusiastic endorsement of the proposal to establish NEON.
- NEON Planning Workshop VI, September 2002, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA
Focus: Information Management
- NEON Planning Workshop V, June 2002, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
Focus: Biological collections
- NEON Planning Workshop IV, June 2002, The Millennium Hotel, Boulder, CO
Focus: Standard equipment and measurements
- NEON Planning Workshop III, May 2000, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Focus: Network management
- NEON Planning Workshop II, March 2000, San Diego Supercomputer Center, San Diego, CA
Focus: Technological infrastructure
- NEON Planning Workshop I, January 2000, Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, FL
Focus: Formation, organization, and potential roles for NEON
Biodiversity Observation Network (BON) Workshop Reports
Discussions of proposals for BON preceded those for NEON and in some ways inspired NEON. However, NEON is broader in scope and approach and addresses issues beyond biodiversity.
- BON Planning Workshop IV, August 1999, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA
- BON Planning Workshop III, May 1999, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
- BON Planning Workshop II, January 1999, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA
- BON Planning Workshop I, September 1998, Blandy Experimental Farm, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Other Relevant Reports
Recent reports have outlined the current state of environmental and ecological research efforts and have proposed plans for focusing that effort in the future. Recommendations presented in these reports reflect the need for enhanced infrastructure and, in a way, foreshadow efforts such as NEON.
- Stable Isotopes: a critical component of NEON. 2004. Williams, D. et al.- New
- Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Needs for Distributed Sensor Networks: A Report from a National Science Foundation Sponsored Workshop, 2003, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego, CA
- NEON: Addressing the Nation's Environmental Challenges, 2003, National Research Council
- Facilities Management and Oversight Guide, 2002, National Science Foundation
- NEON - Extended Description, 2002, National Science Foundation
- Long Term Ecological Research Program 20 Year Review Report, 2002, LTER 20 Year Review Committee
- Scalable Information Networks for the Environment (SINE) Workshop Report, October 2001, San Diego Supercomputer Center, San Diego, CA
- Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences, 2001, National Research Council
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics Workshop Report, June 2000, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
- Environmental Science in the 21st Century: The Role of the National Science Foundation, February 2000, National Science Board, Task Force on the Environment
- Frontiers of Ecology Workshop, December 1999, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
- Teeming With Life, 1998, President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology
- Integrating the Nation's Environmental Monitoring and Research Networks and Programs: A proposed framework, 1997, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, National Science and Technology Council
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