Improving Statistical Sampling and Vegetation Monitoring

Monitoring to detect ecological change is an important component of many environmental and conservation programs. Developing effective monitoring programs for conservation plans is scientifically and logistically challenging. The IEMM has been involved in numerous projects with the aim of improving vegetation monitoring methods by refining field protocols, reducing inter-observer variability, and reducing cost. These projects address many of the fundamental questions surrounding the selection of both response designs and sampling designs and provide a foundation for long-term monitoring. They are also powerful case studies in the value of using advanced statistical techniques to develop and refine cost effective monitoring programs.

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