Vegetation Measurement and Monitoring

Vegetation Monitoring Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Define monitoring and explain how monitoring is used in natural resource management.
  • Explain the steps required to design and establish a monitoring protocol.
  • Diagram the components of the adaptive management cycle and explain why the cycle is incomplete without monitoring.
  • Explain the differences between the gradient of data-gathering approaches and implement a monitoring protocol.
  • List the components of a well-developed resource management objective.
  • Recognize different priority systems used in natural resources monitoring and identify key questions that need to be asked when establishing case-specific priorities.
  • Explain the importance of clearly determining “scale” as it is used in natural resource monitoring.
  • Describe common difficulties that may hamper successful execution of a monitoring protocol and explain how to avoid these problems.