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About LENS

We're a NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) seeking to build a community interested in understanding interactions between natural and human systems in landscapes surveyed by the NEON Airborne Observation Platform

To learn more about the origins of the network, see the Project History section below. 

Through this work we hope to:

1. enhance SES research by innovatively integrating translational ecology approaches with National Ecological Observation Network (NEON) Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) products. 

2. co-produce transformative and applicable socio-environmental systems (SES) research by bringing together scientists and stakeholders. 

3. continue to grow an engaged and diverse network.


LENS is an open and diverse community benefiting from everyone who shares an interest in socio-environmental systems and remote sensing. If you're interested in becoming involved, please take a moment to review our Community Agreement and join our mailing list.

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What's happening: CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Project History

In February of 2020 LENS officially kicked off with our first workshop: People, Land, and Ecosystems: Leveraging NEON For Socio-Environmental Synthesis. You can check the videos of our guest speakers in our Resources page. 

That first meeting inspired the publication of what has become a roadmap for LENS: Leveraging the NEON Airborne Observation Platform for socio-environmental systems research, which you can also find in our Publications page. 

Now, two years after our first meeting, we've reconnected in person a couple of times with workshops in Annapolis, Maryland and Portland, Oregon. We'll make sure to update you on our outcomes and the future of LENS. 

We sincerely hope to connect with you! 

Steering Committee Members

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