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08 February 2018 1238 reads






About Battelle-NEON
Battelle's vision is to be a major force in science and technology discovery and in the translation of knowledge into innovative applications that have significant societal and economic impacts. Battelle is completing the construction of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Once completed and fully functional, NEON will serve as an extremely important national asset for providing long-term ecological data to the scientific community. The NEON program will advance the ability of scientists to examine and understand the interactions between life and the environment from coast-to-coast in the United States including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The 81 field sites will include a technological infrastructure that gathers information from air, water and land sensors, as well as field samples, over the course of a human generation. The vast amounts of data generated and the technical and human resources developed from NEON will help advance human understanding for decades to come.

Battelle-NEON & RDA
We have recently named BEI a delegate to be part of the Assembly that convenes at RDA Plenaries and the election of the RDA Organizational Assembly Board. As a RDA Organizational Member, we have an institutional voice to provide strategic direction, and assist in the implementation and adoption of RDA’s Recommendations.  Also, as an Organizational Member we can work with and develop ‘RDA working groups’ (this incorporates a different stakeholder engagement strategy and can augment and supplement our current strategy), and we will have a voice in the RDA forum, to provide advice and counsel on the best way forward to tackle future problems faced in data exchange/informatics/interoperability.


OA Member

Henry W. Loescher, Battelle-National Ecological Observatory Network, USA

Henry W. Loescher's picture Dr. Loescher’s career has been at the nexus of science, engineering and project development. Formally educated as an Ecosystem Scientist. He received his PhD and MSc from the University of Florida. He was the second hire for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a first-of-its continental-scale ecology major research facility that integrates science, engineering and project management. Hank has lead multiple NEON Project Science Teams (i.e., Instruments, Mobile Platforms, Aquatic) through the important NSF/NSB Review stage and early construction. Hank was also part of a small elite team that crafted NEON’s Continental Design, and has contributed to numerous engineering efforts. He is currently directing NEON’s strategic development efforts (presentations available), and focusing on public/private enterprises. His research interests include determining the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem-level carbon and energy balance across spatial and temporal scales. He continues to publish, and has over 70 peer review papers. Prior to his tenure at NEON, he was at Oregon State University administrating the DOE AmeriFlux Program.