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By Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson

Aquatic atmosphere review is a swiftly constructing box, and one of many more moderen methods to assessing the situation of rivers and lakes is the Reference strategy. it is a major development in biomonitoring since it solves the matter of attempting to find within reach regulate or reference websites whilst learning an environment which may be degraded, an issue that bedevils conventional techniques. instead of utilizing upstream reference websites in a river procedure or next-bay-over reference websites in a lake, an array of ecologically comparable, least-exposed to emphasize websites scattered all through a catchment or sector is used. as soon as the reference situation has been tested, any website suspected of being impacted will be assessed through comparability to the reference websites, and its prestige made up our minds. The Reference situation database, as soon as shaped, can be utilized repeatedly.

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Primary land use in catchment). It is important to consider environmental descriptors at a variety of spatial and temporal scales to adequately characterize the site. Benthologists have not traditionally made much use of large-scale descriptors of the catchment area (cf. Hunsaker and Levine 1995). Such variables can be useful for both general description of the study area and predictive modeling. , catchment area upstream of a stream site or catchment geology) may be measured " from a map" and often have the strongest relationships with biological descriptors at reference sites (Wright 1995, Norris and Hawkins 2000).

Performance charts should be maintained by each laboratory. Two simple measures can be initiated to ensure taxonomic data quality. First, all laboratories should maintain a reference or voucher collection of all organisms identified. This will allow all identifications to be verified by an independent taxonomist. Second a proportion of all samples should be reidentified independently, on an ongoing basis, allowing the laboratory to report a taxonomic error rate. The final potential source of error in the fundamental dataset is in data entry.

Every research study involving large amounts of data (best represented as n x p) requires a carefully planned and managed data storage system. This is certainly true of RCA studies, where often hundreds of benthic macroinvertebrate taxa and tens of environmental descriptors are recorded for each reference and test site. Because of the nature of the data, most studies presently use some form of relational database. This is much more efficient, in both storage and data entry, than common alternatives such as spreadsheets.

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