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Sampling Strategies: Applications

Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

We have now presented the philosophy and basic concepts of study design, experimental design, and sampling. These concepts provide the foundation for design and execution of studies. Once a general design is conceptualized, it needs to be applied. A conceptual study design, however, is not always an executable design. During the application of the planned study design, additional steps and considerations are often necessary. These include ensuring appropriate sampling across space and time, addressing sampling errors and missing data, identifying appropriate response variables, applying appropriate sampling methodology, and establishing sampling points. Jeffers (1980) provides very useful guidance in the form of a checklist of factors to consider in developing and applying a sampling strategy. These include (1) stating the objectives, (2) defining the population to which inferences are to be made, (3) defining sampling units, (4) identifying preliminary information to assist development and execution of the sampling design, (5) choosing the appropriate sampling design, (6) determining the appropriate sample size, and (7) recording and analyzing data. We have discussed many of these topics in Chaps. 1–4; we further elaborate on some of these considerations here.

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Home Range Point Count Adaptive Sampling Resource Selection Wildlife Population 
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