This epic $434M ecology project will build a biological observatory that spans America
More than 80 sites across the USA will make up the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). If all goes well, it will document the effects that climate change and land use have on ecosystems and provide scientists with a nearly real-time measure of the country's ecological vital signs. Many of the sites will operate for three decades, whereas others will be packed up and periodically relocated in response to environmental changes. And the data collected will be freely available to all.