Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring

There are practical aspects of sampling that incorporate the precautionary principle.

It is accepted that this principle requires that where there are threats of serious or irreversible harm, and we are uncertain about the potential or actual nature of these threats, we should err on the side of caution.

This is now incorporated into sampling designs to ensure that we don't decide there is no impact when there is one by ensuring that there is adequate "power" . This places additional rigour on your designs to ensure that your results can withstand this scrutiny. Traditionally the researcher has been primarily concerned with protecting their reputation and has focused on not appearing the fool by saying there is an effect when there isn't.

How will you choose sampling sites, times, frequencies etc?


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