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Title Aquatic habitat assessment: Common methods
Author Bain Mark B., Stevenson Nathalie J.
Source Published by American Fisheries Society, December 1999
Abstract This new manual represents the synthesis of a comprehensive survey of the most widely used methods for inland aquatic habitat assessment in North America. Sixteen method chapters detail step-by-step procedures for assessing and describing regional setting, basin attributes, water body identification, stream reaches, macrohabitat, substrate, cover and refuge, bank condition, riparian vegetation, barriers, stream discharge and volume, water velocity, temperature, lake morphometry, and optical and chemical properties. Background information and rationales for selection of the various procedures described in each chapter are also provided. The growing diversity of habitat assessment approaches used in the United States and Canada makes it increasingly difficult to share data across regions, provinces, states, and even through time within and among single agencies. Many organizations have documented data collection techniques and measurements for their own purposes, but there is a broader need to enhance a comparability among agencies. The purpose of this manual is to reduce the variability in approaches to habitat assessment, while still providing flexibility for selecting practices that vary in effort, cost, precision, and detail.
Publication Type Book
Keywords Habitat Analysis, Regional Setting, Drainage Basins, Water Body Identification, Stream Reach Surveys and Measurements, Classification of Streams and Reaches, Macrohabitat Identification, Substrate, Cover and Refuge, Streambank and Shoreline Condition, Riparian Vegetation, Barriers, Streamflow, Temperature, Lake Morphology, Water Transparency, Chemical Data

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