Welcome to the AIM planning and implementation website!
If you’re looking for information on how to plan and implement an Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) effort, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find guidance for every step of the process from the initial planning through data collection to analysis of the data.
Some tips for using this site:
This site is provided by USDA-ARS Jornada to assist with planning, designing, and implementing AIM projects. If you are new to AIM, the Intro to AIM page is the best place to start. If you are familiar with AIM then you may want to start exploring the implementation process.
The AIM implementation process takes place in several steps beginning with Planning & Project Initiation and ending with Analysis & Reporting. Each step leads into the next and depends on the previous one. If you’re starting from scratch on a new AIM effort, Planning & Project Initiation should be your first stop.
If you are not working with AIM specifically but are in search of monitoring methods, the Core Methods described in the the terrestrial and aquatics monitoring manuals can be used for other monitoring efforts. If you’re looking for information on upland monitoring, the Jornada’s Landscape Toolbox is full of useful materials. If you are looking for more information on aquatics monitoring, check out the resources available from: the EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys, The US Forest Service’s Pacific Fisheries/Inland Fisheries Biological Opinion (PIBO) monitoring, and the inter-agency Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program (AREMP).