Data Collection

When it comes time to collect the data, it is important to be fully prepared for the field season. Preparation includes:

  1. Hiring a field crew to collect data
  2. Obtaining all necessary field equipment (terrestrial and/or aquatic), including vehicles
  3. Establishing a set of communication procedures and an emergency response plan for your field crew
  4. Reviewing the Terrestrial AIM Data Management Protocol_V3.0 or Aquatic AIM Data Management Protocol and following the protocol(s) throughout the season
  5. Downloading and testing the data collection software
  6. Evaluating sample points from the office to determine if they are in the target population and can be sampled
  7. Ensuring that crews attend training and have a firm understanding of the core methods prior to collecting any data. The type of equipment and training you and your crew will need depends on whether you intend to collect aquatic data, terrestrial data or both.
  8. Planning sampling trips in a way that that ensures proper implementation of monitoring design and field crew efficiency
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Figure 1. Data collection in the Grand Staircase National Monument.Credit: BLM Figure 2. Data Collection in Alaska. Credit: BLM Figure 3. Soil stability training in Prineville, OR. Photo credit: BLM

Helpful Documents and Links

Terrestrial Master Equipment List 2-9-17

Aquatic Equipment List

Terrestrial AIM Data Management Protocol_V3.0

Aquatic AIM Data Management Protocol

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