Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring


The key issue here is that communication is integral to the project, not an "add on" when it is all over. If a project is to be effective it must be supported. If the new project creates a conflict, by implicitly (or explicitly) criticising the past actions without addressing why these actions were done, then those associated with the previous program may be resistant and not support the new program.

Reporting and feedback includes:

Evaluate monitoring program.

  • Determine if monitoring program goals and objectives were met.
  • Identify any monitoring problems associated with collecting and analyzing samples
  • Evaluate costs
  • Feedback to stakeholders identified during problem definition.


Communicate with multiple audiences, using a style and format appropriate to the intended audience. If possible use the media to reach a broader audience.

  • Make presentations to assist management and the public in understanding the significance of results.
  • Make data available through accessible outlets such as libraries and web pages (as part of the agency home page listed on the library computers)
  • Participate in the distribution of information to and with other agencies.
  • Write and distribute technical reports

Reporting and feedback only makes sense in the context of a well designed sampling program with clear goals and objectives, and well defined outcomes in terms of the parameters to be monitored.

The technical aspects of analysis and presentation of data are discussed more generally in Managing and analysing your data with tools for presentation.

Reporting and feedback 64KB

Environmental Indicators For National State of the Environment Reporting local and community uses 336KB
Environmental indicators appropriate to the needs of local environmental managers (including local councils, community groups, and businesses) in six regions from around Australia were identified. The practicality of these indicators and their value as decision-making tools was explored. Links with environmental indicators recommended for national state of the environment reporting were identified. The use of data gathered by the community to support these indicators was investigated.

Chapter 10 544KB
Data Integration And Reporting The translation of biological data into a report that adequately conveys the message of the assessment is a critical process. It is important to identify the intended audience(s) for the report and to bear in mind that users of the report will likely include groups (i. e. managers, elected officials, communities) who are not biologists. Reports must be coherent and easily understood in order for people to make informed decisions regarding the water resource.

Pitfalls of data analysis 108KB
"There seems to be a pervasive notion that you can prove anything with statistics; This is only true if you use them improperly. In this workshop we'll discuss things that people often overlook in their data analysis, and ways people sometimes bend the rules of statistics to support their viewpoint. We will also discuss ways you can make sure your own statistics are clear and accurate".


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