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NEON expands aerial operations

US: The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), as part of its $434 million effort to build a continental library has expanded its aerial operations. It recently received a permit to set up an airport hangar at 3340 Airport Road, where it plans to house aircraft for aerial operations by the month of October.

Tom Kampe, remote sensing director for NEON's Airborne Observation Platform, said establishing a local hanger would boost efficiency greatly. He emphasised that NEON would have to ship payloads and people over the mountain ridge which is quite an operation.

Funded by National Science Foundation, NEON now has a workforce of 300 people in 100,000 square feet of space at 1685 38th St. and a neighbouring property in east Boulder, Colorado county.

NEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. It provides freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research.

Source: Daily Camera