6/12/11. Don’t forget about our Beer ‘n Barnacles event on Tuesday the 14th at 3:30pm. We’ll check out the live feed of the Eye in the Eelgrass camera, get updates on the field guide publications and hear about the latest news from the field.
3/1/11. Fantastic job this past month learning how to use new tools and measure new data! We’re working to make sure the new procedures are streamlined and simplified and result in good, applicable data.
We’ve made a few more minor adjustments to data collection that we think will make it easier for everyone. Water height will now be measured using a weighted line to improve accuracy and weather data will now consist of wind speed and visibility, which can be taken reliably from the Friday Harbor airport.
In order to increase accuracy and reliability of data being collected at each site, we are eliminating the walk-through part of the monitoring, and instead asking monitors to select 5 permanent spots and 1 variable spot (all within their area, of course) to monitor each time. The 5 permanent 3-4 foot sections are spots that you will return to each and every time you monitor. The variable spot can be selected at random, and should change each time . Those 5 sites will be marked down and ensure consistency when monitors change.
Please take a look at the revised checklist (see below) to see how that information will now be recorded. The new sounding line is located in Lab 8 and is to be checked out and used each time. After monitoring, the water samples collected will be tested for quality using the photospectrometer in the basement of Fernald. It’s not terribly complicated, but all monitors need to be trained by Dennis or Aileen and signed off before they do it on their own.
Updated Field checklist 2011 rev2 (ed. 3/2011)
1/11/11. As we move forward with the project in 2011, we’ve decided to add a few more elements to be monitored and measured by each team. These include water temperature, water visibility, water height (due to tidal influence) and weather. This new information will allow us to determine the influence of time of year versus environmental conditions among other things.