Flight Schedules and Coverage

The NEON flight season typically runs from March to October each year. Remote sensing data are collected over aquatic and terrestrial field sites during peak greeness for each site. While preliminary data collection started in 2013, the standard schedule for full operations of the AOP began in 2018. Under the current plan, data are collected from field sites in the continental U.S. and Alaska three years out of every five, and in Puerto Rico and Hawaii every five years. The data are processed after each survey and made available via the NEON data portal.

2019 Flight Schedule

Last updated February 21, 2019

Domain Name SITE ID Scheduled date range
17 Pacific Southwest SJER Mar 25 - Mar 28
3 Southeast DSNY Apr 3 - Apr 23
3 Southeast OSBS Apr 3 - Apr 23
3 Southeast SUGG Apr 3 - Apr 23
3 Southeast BARC Apr 3 - Apr 23
11 Southern Plains OAES Apr 19 - May 4
11 Southern Plains CLBJ Apr 19 - May 4
11 Southern Plains OAES Apr 19 - May 4
11 Southern Plains BLUE TBD
11 Southern Plains PRIN TBD
8 Ozarks Complex BLWA Apr 25 - May 11
8 Ozarks Complex DELA Apr 25 - May 11
8 Ozarks Complex LENO Apr 25 - May 11
8 Ozarks Complex TOMB Apr 25 - May 11
8 Ozarks Complex MAYF Apr 25 - May 11
8 Ozarks Complex TALL Apr 25 - May 11
15 Great Basin ONAQ May 6 - May 13
15 Great Basin REDB TBD
2 Mid-Atlantic BLAN May 15 - Jun 4
2 Mid-Atlantic LEWI May 15 - Jun 4
2 Mid-Atlantic POSE May 15 - Jun 4
2 Mid-Atlantic SCBI May 15 - Jun 4
2 Mid-Atlantic SERC May 15 - Jun 4
6 Prairie Peninsula KING May 15 - May 27
6 Prairie Peninsula KONZ May 15 - May 27
6 Prairie Peninsula KONA May 15 - May 27
6 Prairie Peninsula UKFS May 15 - May 27
6 Prairie Peninsula MCDI TBD
5 Great Lakes CHEQ May 29 - Jun 23
5 Great Lakes CRAM May 29 - Jun 23
5 Great Lakes STEI May 29 - Jun 23
5 Great Lakes TREE May 29 - Jun 23
5 Great Lakes UNDE May 29 - Jun 23
5 Great Lakes LIRO TBD
17 Pacific Southwest TEAK Jun 10 - Jun 17
17 Pacific Southwest SOAP Jun 10 - Jun 17
12 Northern Rockies BLDE Jun 19 - Jul 3
12 Northern Rockies YELL Jun 19 - Jul 3
18 Tundra BARR Jul 9 - Jul 17
18 Tundra TOOL Jul 9 - Jul 17
18 Tundra OKSR TBD - TBD
16 Pacific Northwest ABBY Jul 11 - Jul 22
16 Pacific Northwest WREF Jul 11 - Jul 22
16 Pacific Northwest MART TBD
19 Taiga CARI Jul 20 - Aug 20
19 Taiga DEJU Jul 20 - Aug 20
19 Taiga HEAL Jul 20 - Aug 20
9 Northern Plains DCFS Jul 25 - Aug 7
9 Northern Plains NOGP Jul 25 - Aug 7
9 Northern Plains PRLA Jul 25 - Aug 7
9 Northern Plains PRPO Jul 25 - Aug 7
9 Northern Plains WOOD Jul 25 - Aug 7
13 Southern Rockies & Colorado Plateau COMO Aug 9 - Sep 1
13 Southern Rockies & Colorado Plateau MOAB Aug 9 - Sep 1
13 Southern Rockies & Colorado Plateau NIWO Aug 9 - Sep 1
13 Southern Rockies & Colorado Plateau WLOU TBD
14 Desert Southwest JORN Aug 26 - Sep 10
14 Desert Southwest SRER Aug 26 - Sep 10
3 Southeast JERC Sep 6 - Sep 20

Curious about where and when we have collected AOP data since 2013? Check out the workbook below.If you are interested in tracking the 2019 season, sign up to receive daily flight report emails by NEON domain or visit our flight report archive. Please note, you will only receive emails during the time period the AOP is in the domain you have signed up to follow.

AOP Flight Schedules from 2013-2019

Last updated on February 21, 2019.

This downloadable workbook includes the NEON project's annual planned flight schedules for the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) from 2013-2019. This information is intended to provide researchers an understanding of when we intend to collect airborne data as well as an idea of what data are already available for download. Please note that actual date ranges for data collection may vary from the information in this document due to weather conditions, technical issues, instrument availability and budget. Data become available on the data portal as they are processed.

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Flight Coverage

At each terrestrial site a minimum of 100 km2 will be surveyed over an area encompassing the NEON flux tower airsheds and distributed long-term observational sampling plots, representative vegetation types, and watershed boundaries for both terrestrial and aquatics sites. To minimize signal uncertainty due to plant phenology and to ensure spatial and temporal consistency in data products across multiple years, all terrestrial sites are scheduled to be flown during mean peak greenness, defined as the range of dates where MODIS NDVI is within 90% of the site maximum. To minimize atmospheric effects, data acquisition occurs at less than 10% cloud cover. 

Collection of AOP data is also synchronized with data collected on the ground at each site. This allows scientists to develop a more comprehensive picture of how different observations scale and how measurements taken from airborne remote sensing instruments correlate with observations made on the ground. 

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