Designing Rocky Intertidal Monitoring and Impact Field Studies

Steven N. Murray, Richard F. Ambrose and Megan N. Dethier

in Monitoring Rocky Shores

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247284
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932715 | DOI:
Designing Rocky Intertidal Monitoring and Impact Field Studies

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Field sampling programs provide the information needed to determine the status and dynamics of populations and communities and thus are the foundation for many kinds of research, including impact studies as well as monitoring studies. Certain habitat types present more formidable challenges compared with others when it comes to designing and performing field studies. The rocky intertidal zone is one of these habitat types. Unlike terrestrial habitats, the intertidal zone is accessible for most studies only during limited periods when the tide is low. The steps in designing a field sampling program include identifying the study goals, including the questions to be answered by the study or the hypotheses to be tested, and developing an effective and statistically powerful study design.

Keywords: field studies; sampling; intertidal zone; impact studies; monitoring studies; habitats; study goals; study design

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Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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