Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring

Spending money on a sampling program is easy; less easy is getting good and useful results. Unless the program has clear objectives you don't have a basis for your sampling and analysis!

There are some factors you need to take into account before you start designing your program:

  • Any risks associated with the program in terms of environmental harm or human health
  • The limits to management, in terms of what you know and the degree of control you will have over any outcomes
  • The limitation that these uncertainties place on decision-making.

If you don't know what outcomes you are trying to achieve you cannot know, beforehand, what you will measure and to what effect. Knowing clearly what you want to achieve is key to any sampling program, being critical to the design, the choice of parameters and methods, and analysis.

Have you consulted the community about their concerns?


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