The plant diversity sampling design for The National Ecological Observatory Network

David T. Barnett, Peter B. Adler, Benjamin R. Chemel, Paul A. Duffy, Brian J. Enquist, James B. Grace, Susan Harrison, Robert K. Peet, David S. Schimel, Thomas J. Stohlgren, Mark Vellend

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The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is designed to facilitate an understanding of the impact of environmental change on ecological systems. Observations of plant diversity—responsive to changes in climate, disturbance, and land use, and ecologically linked to soil, biogeochemistry, and organisms—result in NEON data products that cross a range of organizational levels. Collections include samples of plant tissue to enable investigations of genetics, plot-based observations of incidence and cover of native and non-native species, observations of plant functional traits, archived vouchers of plants, and remote sensing airborne observations. Spatially integrating many ecological observations allows a description of the relationship of plant diversity to climate, land use, organisms, and substrates. Repeating the observations over decades and across the United States will iteratively improve our understanding of those relationships and allow for the testing of system-level hypotheses as well as the development of predictions of future conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere02603
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • National Ecological Observatory Network
  • Special Feature: NEON Design
  • plant diversity
  • plant functional traits
  • plant genetic archive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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