Monitoring guidance for marine benthic habitats.
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Marine benthic monitoring programmes produce evidence against which to evaluate the cause and direction of change in the marine environment. They can also inform which management measures are appropriate, and determine whether they have been successful. It is crucial that monitoring programmes are well-designed and statistically robust to allow conclusions to be drawn from the acquired data. This ‘best-practice’ guidance aims to provide the information necessary to develop robust monitoring programmes that accurately identify change in the benthic environment. The guidance combines established ecological theory and protocols with JNCC advice and recommendations on benthic monitoring, by means of a step-wise framework which details key stages in the development of a monitoring programme. Whilst topics such as sample processing and equipment selection have been amply covered elsewhere, this guidance focuses on sampling design, drawing on frequentist theory. The basis of the framework i.....
PublisherJNCC: Joint Nature Conservation Committee
CitationNoble-James, T.; Jesus, A. and McBreen, F. (2017) Monitoring guidance for marine benthic habitats. Peterborough, UK, JNCC: Joint Nature Conservation Committee, 110pp. (JNCC Report;598). DOI: https://doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1452