Site Classification and Selection

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:
Site Classification and Selection

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For any intertidal zone sampling program, site selection probably has the greatest influence on the overall program design. Unless sampling is intentionally confined to one location, and site comparisons are not needed, site selection is an important decision—one on which all conclusions obtained from the sampling program will be based. If sites to be compared are not physically similar, then physical differences can confound any conclusions about what might cause or correlate with any detected differences or trends. This chapter discusses procedures for site selection, including the classification of shorelines to avoid confounding problems resulting from differences in geophysical site characteristics. It also reviews the utility of shoreline habitat maps and the pros and cons of sampling particular microhabitats on rocky shores. In addition, it considers how sites should be selected based on program goals and how these goals will differ depending on the objectives of the sampling program. Finally, the chapter examines the key role of replicating sites in developing a robust study design.

Keywords: sampling; intertidal zone; site selection; classification; shorelines; rocky shores; microhabitats; study design

Chapter.  9690 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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