Geospatial data have been developed to support the conservation, research, and education programs at the Station. Much of the data was collected through GPS collection as well as digitizing of aerial photography. The data is available to users of the Station as well as collabrative partners.
GIS (Geographical Information Systems) layers such as vegetation, soils, hydrology, roads, fire history, and historical aerial imagery are some examples of data sets that are available. GIS data formats that can be provided are ESRI shapefiles and geodatabases.
Aerial imagery and remote sensing data have been very useful for following habitat change over time and planning conservation management strategies. Data is available to Station users in various formats (B/W, RGB, CIR. multispectral). Remote sensing data will be more readily available once NEON begins regular flights of OSBS in the near future. Efforts to acquire additional aerial imagery are on going, but the following years are available for the area encompassing the Station.
Other tools that are available to users at the station are a Trimble Geo-XT GPS receiver and a HP Designjet plotter.