NEON Data Products: Supporting the Validation of GCOS Essential Climate Variables

Monday, 15 December 2014: 4:15 PM
Shelley Bougan Petroy1, Andrew M Fox2, Stefan Metzger3, Andrea Thorpe4 and Courtney L Meier4, (1)National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Boulder, CO, United States, (2)NEON, Boulder, CO, United States, (3)NEON, Fundamental Instrument Unit, Boulder, CO, United States, (4)NEON Inc., Boulder, CO, United States
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale ecological observation platform designed to collect and disseminate data that contributes to understanding and forecasting the impacts of climate change, land use change, and invasive species on ecology. NEON will collect in-situ and airborne data over 60 sites across the US, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The NEON Biomass, Productivity, and Biogeochemistry protocols currently direct the collection of samples from distributed, gradient, and tower plots at each site, with sampling occurring either multiple times during the growing season, annually, or on three- or five-year centers (e.g. for coarse woody debris). These data are processed into a series of field-derived data products (e.g. Biogeochemistry, LAI, above ground Biomass, etc.), and when combined with the NEON airborne hyperspectral and LiDAR imagery, are used support validation efforts of algorithms for deriving vegetation characteristics from the airborne data. Sites are further characterized using airborne data combined with in-situ tower measurements, to create additional data products of interest to the GCOS community, such as Albedo and fPAR. Presented here are a summary of tower/field/airborne sampling and observation protocols and examples of provisional datasets collected at NEON sites that may be used to support the ongoing validation of GCOS Essential Climate Variables.