Planning for implementation of long-term resource monitoring programs
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- Silsbee, D.G. & Peterson, D.L. Environ Monit Assess (1993) 26: 177. doi:10.1007/BF00547496
Objectives for the program should be well defined.
The attributes to be monitored in order to meet objectives should be listed.
Methods of monitoring these attributes should be developed.
A pilot study should be conducted to determine spatial and temporal variability of the attributes being monitored and the cost of sampling.
The results of the pilot study should be carefully evaluated to determine whether program objectives can be met for an acceptable cost.
Objectives, attributes to be monitored, and methods should be revised in accordance with the results of the pilot study.