- User-friendly, practical guide, written in a highly readable format.
- The authors provide an interdisciplinary scope to address the current, widespread interest in monitoring in many environmental fields, including pure and applied ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife management.
- Emphasizes the role of monitoring in adaptive management.
- Defines important terminology and contrasts monitoring with other data-collection activities. Covers the applicable principles of sampling and shows how to design a monitoring project.
- Provides a step-by-step overview of the monitoring process, illustrated by flow charts and references. The authors also offer guidelines for analyzing and interpreting monitoring data.
- Illustrates the foundation of management objectives and describes their components, types, and development.
- Describes common field techniques for measuring important attributes of animal and plant populations.
- Reviews different methods for recording monitoring data in the field, managing the data, and communicating data to policy makers.
1. Introduction To Monitoring.
2. Monitoring Overview.
3. Selecting Among Priorities.
4. Qualitative Techniques For Monitoring.
5. General Field Techniques.
6. Data Collection And Data Management.
7. Basic Principles Of Sampling.
8. Sampling Design.
9. Statistical Analysis.
10. Analysis Of Trends.
11. Selecting Random Samples.
12. Field Techniques For Measuring Vegetation.
13. Specialized Sampling Methods And Field Techniques For Animals.
15. Communication And Monitoring Plans.
Appendix I: Monitoring Communities.
Appendix II: Sample Size Equations.
Appendix III: Confidence Interval Equations.
Appendix IV: Sample Size And Confidence Intervals For Complex Sampling Designs.