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Title: Preliminary systems engineering evaluations for the National Ecological Observatory Network.

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is an ambitious National Science Foundation sponsored project intended to accumulate and disseminate ecologically informative sensor data from sites among 20 distinct biomes found within the United States and Puerto Rico over a period of at least 30 years. These data are expected to provide valuable insights into the ecological impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species in these various biomes, and thereby provide a scientific foundation for the decisions of future national, regional, and local policy makers. NEON's objectives are of substantial national and international importance, yet they must be achieved with limited resources. Sandia National Laboratories was therefore contracted to examine four areas of significant systems engineering concern; specifically, alternatives to commercial electrical utility power for remote operations, approaches to data acquisition and local data handling, protocols for secure long-distance data transmission, and processes and procedures for the introduction of new instruments and continuous improvement of the sensor network. The results of these preliminary systems engineering evaluations are presented, with a series of recommendations intended to optimize the efficiency and probability of long-term success for the NEON enterprise.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
942057
Report Number(s):
SAND2008-7267
TRN: US200902%%83
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CLIMATES; DATA ACQUISITION; DATA TRANSMISSION; EFFICIENCY; LAND USE; NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION; NEON; PROBABILITY; RECOMMENDATIONS; SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES; Ecological risk assessment; United States-Case studies.; Sensors.; Ecological research-Planning.; Data transmission systems.