Day 2: Big [Ecological] Data Wednesday 14 July 2021 15:00-19:00 UTC
An introduction to the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data, metadata, and tools
Kaelin Cawley (@KaelinCawley; National Ecological Observatory Network)
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale ecological observation platform with the mission to enable understanding and forecasting of the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on continental-scale ecology by providing infrastructure and consistent methodologies to support research and education in these areas. NEON recently joined a growing set of global observatories collecting ecological and aquatic datasets. This talk will briefly cover several open data repositories, all of the types of data that NEON collects, and go into more detail on the metadata and tools available to work with the instrumented system (IS) timeseries data.
You can access the materials for the workshop by forking or locally cloning the workshop's repo.
15:00-15:45 UTC Keynote: Application of a near-term, iterative water temperature forecasting workflow in NEON lakes
Ryan McClure (@ryan_mclake; Virginia Tech)
The application of near-term, iterative forecasts in ecological systems is now more critical than ever to address the challenges facing natural resource management. Freshwater lakes globally are increasingly threatened as a result of rapidly changing land use and climate, and novel forecasting workflows have recently been developed to predict future environmental conditions in lakes in order to make informed management decisions for safety, health, and conservation. However, the nascent discipline of forecasting lake processes is still deciding how best to develop forecast workflows such that they can easily be applied across many lakes. Our team is testing an open-source forecasting workflow (Forecasting Lake and Reservoir Ecosystems, FLARE) to predict future water temperatures at time scales relevant for stakeholders to make informed decisions. We have successfully applied FLARE in six National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) lakes and show that water temperatures can be forecasted up to 35 days into the future. FLARE's successful application in the NEON lakes is a step toward developing reproducible forecasts for future lake conservation and management.

A live stream of the pre-recorded keynote will begin at 15:00 UTC, followed immediately by a live Question and Answer session with Ryan.

15:45-16:00 UTC Break
16:00-18:00 UTC Workshop: Download and visualize NEON Aquatic Instrument Data
Kaelin Cawley (@KaelinCawley; National Ecological Observatory Network)
Bobby Hensley (National Ecological Observatory Network)
The workshop will cover the NEON data access options, which include the data portal (, application programming interface (API), and the neonUtilities R package. We will provide an example by downloading multiple water quality parameters, joining them, and then exploring through visualization of the timeseries in R.
You can access the materials for the workshop by forking or locally cloning the workshop's repo.
This workshop will be live.
18:00-19:00 UTC Breakout/Working Groups Sessions
A traditional part of AEMON-J meetings in the past has been to openly discuss ideas for new, joint projects. This time in the schedule is to bring up such ideas, perhaps inspired by the workshops earlier that day, and discuss. If no such ideas are pitched, this time can also be used for small talk, networking, and other social activities.