Wilderness monitoring and data management

Environmental Software



In the last decade, increased public interest in natural areas has resulted in increased monitoring activity by federal wilderness managers to assess the status of wilderness values. Wilderness values are those large-scale entities of wilderness which comprise, in sum, wilderness character. Data collected through wilderness monitoring must support the maintenance of wilderness values. Wilderness monitoring must include the development of clear data management strategies and provisions for hypothesis testing. Unfortunately, some monitoring programs do not support the status assessment of wilderness values. Often wilderness monitoring programs have neglected even the most rudimentary principles of data management. This paper presents a model for wilderness monitoring, guidelines for data management, and an overview of a PC-compatible wilderness monitoring data base, the Monitoring Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS).
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Wilderness monitoring and data management
Series title Environmental Software
DOI 10.1016/0266-9838(94)90021-3
Volume 9
Issue 4
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Elsevier Science Ltd.
Publisher location Oxford
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Environmental Software
First page 227
Last page 232
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