What this Lesson Covers
What, When, Where, & How? These are the classic questions to
solve any mystery. The same questions apply to determining
appropriate vegetation monitoring approaches. In this module we
will focus on "where" with a small dose of "how."
The beginning of any endeavor also requires mastery of the local language. In
vegetation sampling, the "language" is rooted in sampling and statistics. This
module is designed as an introduction to the language of vegetation measurement.
After this module you will be able to:
Understand the critical
need for units when you report measurements.
Explain why we use both the
English and Metric measurement systems.
Understand sources of
errors and uncertainty.
Explain the terms
accuracy, bias, and precision.
Understand how different
errors are combined and calculated.
Understand how to describe
data in terms of minimum, maximum, mean, and variance.
Select an appropriate sampling scheme based
on requirements for scientific investigation or management objectives.