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Ok Everyone Thats A Wrap After 207 Days In

Ok, everyone, that’s a wrap!

After 207 days in the field, 254 flights, and data collected at 45 terrestrial sites and 24 aquatic sites, the National Ecological Observatory Network’s Airborne Observation Platform’s “peak greenness” flight campaign is coming to a close for 2017.

From the northern-most point on the Alaska coast to the Florida peninsula and everything in between, two flight crews collected remote sensing data while dodging hurricanes, witnessing the midnight sun, and taking in some of the nation’s most spectacular landscapes. Propellers failed and rodents chewed through ground cables, but the airborne operations team worked tirelessly across the continent throughout our busiest season to date!

Many airborne data products are already processed and available, with more being published all the time. Airborne data is free to request and use:

In addition to the network of NEON sites flown each year, we are excited to announce that the AOP Assignable Asset is about to come online, available for principal investigator research starting in 2018.  For more information, visit

Many thanks to NEON’s AOP team, domain contacts, science collaborators, and the numerous staff from various park agencies, non-profits, universities, and airports that helped make this all possible.

We look forward to working with you as we soar into next field season!

-Heather Rogers, Flight Operations, Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) for the NEON project, operated by Battelle.