Spatially Explicit Disturbance Histories of Forested Sites Within the National Ecological Observatory Network
Bryn Mawr College. Department of Biology
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Land use and disturbance history play a large role in understanding our environment as they can have long lasting effects on composition of modern ecosystems. This research aims to collate land use and disturbance histories for forested sites within the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Although the network has standardized monitoring techniques for sites across the country, it does not have any spatially explicit data on disturbance history. This research intends to bridge this knowledge gap to enhance the context of ecological analyses based on NEON data. A total of 59 data products were created for 75% of the forested NEON sites, 80% of which depict disturbance history and 20% depicting land cover information. This research highlights the importance of open data, proper data management practices, and collection of spatially explicit disturbance data to be a routine part of the land management process.