Biological monitoring: General guidelines for quality assurance.
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These guidelines have been prepared by the ICES/OSPAR Steering Group on Quality Assurance of Biological Measurements in the Northeast Atlantic (SGQAE), as part of its role to encourage the production of biological data of consistent quality by member countries. The biological measures covered are: chlorophyll a, phytoplankton, macrozoobenthos, and macrophytobenthos, reflecting the initial remit of the Steering Group to address eutrophication- related studies according to the specifications of the OSPAR Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP). Tables of critical quality assurance (QA) factors and priority QA actions for these measures are presented. However, the guidelines for developing effective QA/AQC (analytical quality control) procedures governing field and laboratory work will be found to have a more general relevance to laboratories engaged in biological studies in the marine environment. QA guidelines are presented across the full range of monitoring activities, .....
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Series;NrICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences; 32
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Ocean colour
Phytoplankton biomass and diversity
Benthic invertebrate abundance and distribution
Macroalgal canopy cover and composition
Best Practice TypeStandard Operating Procedure
CitationRees, H. (ed.) (2004) Biological monitoring: General guidelines for quality assurance. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences, No. 32, 44pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-280