Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring

There is no a priori answer to this question. The choice of indicators can only be answered in the context of a particular experimental design and the need to address a range of criteria.

There is a sense in which the indicators choose themselves once you have a clear hypothesis and have defined the associated assumptions and models.

The time spent getting the right indicators and methods is time well spent. Indicatorrs may be "scientific" and chosen, for example, to address questions about system states where you want to understand what is happening. In other situations a more limited issue such as compliance with legislation etc. may be of interest and will be determined by the pollutant of concern or other specific outcome. As we discuss elsewhere communication is integral to the design of any program and you may need to consider other indicators that serve this purpose better.

Why can't I use simple chemical concentrations in water?

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