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ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM: EMAP ARID COLORADO PLATEAU PILOT STUDY - 1992 IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Franson, S.E. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM: EMAP ARID COLORADO PLATEAU PILOT STUDY - 1992 IMPLEMENTATION PLAN. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/620/R-93/001 (NTIS PB93181618), 1992.
The 1992 Colorado Plateau Indicator Pilot Study, the first field activity for the EMAP-Arid group, is designed to evaluate several indicators of arid ecosystem condition for continued development and implementation for monitoring. his Implementation Plan describes the conceptual approach for the pilot study; questions that will be addressed in the study the rationale and process that led to the choice of a portion of the Colorado Plateau for the study site; and the rationale and process for selection of the indicators to be vented. he overall EMAP-Arid design is presented along with the specifies for the pilot study and tho sampling plot designs. ogistics, Quality Assurance, Information Management and GIS of the pilot study results also are gis, and analysis and reporting addressed. he bulk of the implementation plan describes the indicators that are to be evaluated in the pilot study vegetation composition, structure, and abundant soil properties including erosion potential; and spectral properties of vegetation and soils from both on-ground and remote sensors. Theme indicators were chosen for their potential to relate to the issues of sustainability and desertification which are of critical importance to arid ecosystem. n appendix describes retrospective and landscape indicators that will be further developed by EMAP-Arid in the future.