TERRESTRIAL QUALITY CONTROL

Remember that quality control is conducted after field data collection. For correct quality assurance procedures (which are conducted throughout the entire monitoring process), please visit the Quality Assurance page  for an overview and the  Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland, and Savanna Ecosystems Vol. I Quality Assurance and Quality Control section for in depth information.

For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the 2020 Data Management Protocol At the end of each field season, there are several documents (see list below) that will need to be completed and sent to Chris Dietrich at the National Operations Center.

Required Data to be sent to NOC at end of field season:

  • All project data, including photos, calibration data and known error forms (submitted continuously throughout the season via Survey123)
  • All plot tracking information (submitted continuously throughout the season via Field Maps). An overview of how to review and reject plots can be found here.

Terradat Ingestion Tree 

AIM monitoring provides a standardized data-set which can be used at multiple scales, for many applications, and often by a diverse group of researchers, land management agencies, and resource specialists. The guidelines below help to ensure the quality and usability of AIM data for a wide range of applications. If your data does not meet the requirements below, please contact the AIM team at the NOC for guidance on how best to manage your data. 

TerrADat Ingestion Decision Tree 2020

Helpful Documents and Links

TerrADat Ingestion Decision Tree 2020

Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland, and Savanna Ecosystems Vol. I

End of Season QC Checklist

2020 Data Management Protocol

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