Step 7: Data Management Plans

Step 7: Develop quality assurance and quality control (QA and QC) procedures and data management plans

  • Review the standard QA and QC procedures for AIM efforts to ensure that you understand your roles and responsibilities when it comes to data management.  General information can be found on the AIM Landscape Toolbox under Quality Assurance and Quality Control.  
  • Data management for BLM AIM efforts is supported by the NOC through standardized electronic data capture and management.  More information is available on the AIM Landscape Toolbox under Data Management.
  • Document what data management and QA and QC procedures will be implemented during each field season, including whether you plan to follow or add to the standard procedures.
  • For supplemental monitoring methods, additional data management plans and QC procedures will be needed, including training and electronic data capture and storage.  Document those procedures here.

Step 7 Example: Data Management

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Step 7: Develop quality assurance and quality control (QA and QC) procedures and data management plans

Terrestrial – Data management, quality assurance, and quality control for the terrestrial core indicators will follow the standard procedures in the Terrestrial AIM Data Management Protocol_V3.0 available on the AIM Landscape Toolbox.  

Supplemental indicators require additional data management and quality considerations.  Distance to nearest sagebrush patch and distance to nearest juniper/tall structure will be captured in an Excel spreadsheet following the field season.  Sagebrush shape will be electronically captured using DIMA along with the Line Point Intercept method.  Supplemental training for field crews and field office staff will be made available after the AIM terrestrial core methods training to ensure that these methods are implemented successfully.

Aquatics – Data management, quality assurance, and quality control for the aquatics core indicators will follow the standard procedures in the Aquatic Data Management Protocol.  

E. coli indicator data will be managed by the district aquatic ecologist.

 

Helpful Documents and Links

Monitoring Design Worksheet

Monitoring Design Worksheet Instructions

Terrestrial AIM_Data Management Protocol_V3.0

Aquatic Data Management Protocol

Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland, and Savanna Ecosystems Vol. I

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