Overview of the Process


Monitoring data provide useful information to assist in making management decisions. Analysis converts data into useful information, which can then be communicated via reporting.  To get started with your analysis, follow the outline below and steps in Figure 1 for both aquatic and terrestrial data analysis:

  • Prepare for analysis by determining your questions, gathering needed data, and determining which kind of analysis or analyses are appropriate (see below).
  • Orient yourself to general AIM analysis
    • Familiarize yourself with the¬†terms¬†used in analysis. Specifically, learn about different kinds of analyses that can be done with AIM data: plot/reach specific, unweighted, and/or weighted. Note these three types of analysis are not mutually exclusive.
    • Check out¬†examples¬†of AIM data in use from other BLM offices.
    • Review and download available¬†datasets for your location and tools used in analysis, particularly the Aquatic and Terrestrial Benchmark Tools.
  • Conduct your analysis using the Benchmark Tool. If a weighted analysis is desired, please contact Emily Kachergis for terrestrial (ekachergis@blm.gov), Nicole Cappuccio for aquatics (ncappuccio@blm.gov), or Anthony Titolo for sage-grouse HAF requests (atitolo@blm.gov).
  • Interpret your results to determine if management goals have or have not been met. See an example here on how to possibly interpret your results.
  • Use analysis products in grazing permit authorizations, NEPA documents, land use plans, etc.
  • Conduct ancillary analyses and additional monitoring as needed. See the “What is next: Project evolution” section of the Interpreting the Results page for examples.

Figure 1. Analysis and Reporting Workflow

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