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. This site is provided by USDA-ARS Jornada to assist with planning, designing, and implementing AIM projects.
AIM data are available! Learn how to access AIM data.
Some tips for using this site:
Are you new to AIM? Start by exploring the Intro to AIM page. If you are familiar with AIM then you may want to start exploring the implementation process.
Are you responsible for starting or managing an AIM effort? Read more about the implementation process. This process includes several iterative steps beginning with Planning & Project Initiation and ending with Analysis & Reporting. If you’re starting from scratch on a new AIM effort, Planning & Project Initiation should be your first stop.
Are you interested in further monitoring resources, AIM and beyond? The Core Methods described in the the terrestrial and aquatic AIM manuals are used by other monitoring efforts. Jornada’s Landscape Toolbox site is full of useful materials on upland monitoring. For more information on aquatics monitoring, check out the resources available from: the EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys, the Utah State University BugLab, The US Forest Service’s Pacific Fisheries/Inland Fisheries Biological Opinion (PIBO) monitoring, and the inter-agency Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program (AREMP).