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EQuIS Alive Training Materials

  1. 1. EQuIS AliveCollect, manage, and utilize ecology data in EQuIS™. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  2. 2. EQuIS AliveCollect Manage Utilize © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  3. 3. Collect EDGE  Electronic data collection software  Runs on rugged tablet PC  Connects to GPS, digital camera, sensors, etc. Digital Pen  Write on paper forms  Automatically collect data EDDs  Write on paper forms  Manually transcribe data © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  4. 4. Manage Species Inventory and Monitoring  Invasive Species  Indigenous Species  Protected Species Habitat Assessment Vegetation Management  Clearing and Relocation  Revegetation © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  5. 5. Manage Ecological Observations:  Date and Time  Place  Species  Count  Condition  Behavior  Tissue Analysis  Habitat  Climatic Conditions © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  6. 6. UtilizeDashboard Reports © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  7. 7. EQuIS Alive Concepts • Survey • Observation • Activity • Subfacility • Taxonomy • Reference Tables/Codes • Habitat • Life Stage • Gender © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  8. 8. SurveyWhat is a Survey?A survey is a repeatable set of observations or activities that takesplace over one or more specifically-defined areas.Why conduct a Survey?To determine effects that operations (drilling, development, mining)may be causing on living organisms (plants and animals) in anenvironment. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  9. 9. SurveyWhat is a Survey?A survey is a repeatable set of observations or activities that takesplace over one or more specifically-defined areas.Surveys may be defined for any single or group of organisms suchas birds, frogs, fish, trees, etc. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  10. 10. SurveyWhat is a Survey?A survey is a repeatable set of observations or activities that takesplace over one or more specifically-defined areas.Surveys may include ambient weather and habitat observations orconditions as well as data pertaining to one or more species of plantor animal. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  11. 11. Survey > ObservationWhat is a Survey?A survey is a repeatable set of observations or activities that takesplace over one or more specifically-defined areas.What is an Observation?An observation is a unique and specific piece of informationcollected about a target species such as:• evidence of mice (droppings) but no specimens seen• Red-legged Thrush seen at ~10 m in a tree• > 20 Bletia purpurea estimated per square meter © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  12. 12. Survey > ActivityWhat is a Survey?A survey is a repeatable set of observations or activities that takesplace over one or more specifically-defined areas.What is an Activity?An activity is a physical action that may be taken related to aspecific observation, including:• Collecting eggs• Tagging/collaring an animal or specimen with a radio receiver• Sampling fish tissue for mercury testing• Releasing a sea turtle back into the ocean © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  13. 13. Survey > AreaWhat is a Survey?A survey is a repeatable set of observations or activities that takesplace over one or more specifically-defined areas.What is an area?The area(s) over which a survey is conducted is called asubfacility in EQuIS. Because surveys, observations, and activitiesin EQuIS are typically spatial in definition, EQuIS requires the useof subfacilities. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  14. 14. Survey Example: Bird VRPC © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  15. 15. Survey Example: Bird VRPCArea © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  16. 16. Survey Example: Bird VRPCAreaDate/Time © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  17. 17. Survey Example: Bird VRPCAreaDate/TimeHabitat © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  18. 18. Survey Example: Bird VRPCAreaDate/TimeHabitatObservation © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  19. 19. Survey Example: Bird VRPCAreaDate/TimeHabitatObservationWeather © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  20. 20. FacilityTo understand subfacility, we must first be familiar with facilityand location: Facility A facility is the physical or logical extent of data that is made available for reporting or modeling. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  21. 21. FacilityA facility can be as small/simple as a retail gas station with a couplemonitoring wells… © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  22. 22. Facilityor as large andcomplex as a refineryor mine site. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  23. 23. FacilityWhen you login to EQuIS, you must select a facility. It is thehighest functional level at which you typically work with data. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  24. 24. LocationA location is a uniquely designated point, typically on the groundsurface, that can be identified spatially by an x, y, and z coordinate. Location © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  25. 25. LocationLocations may be wells, weather stations, air monitoringstations, outfalls, etc. and typically have: X coordinate Y coordinate Total depth Surface elevation Driller Start date …others Locations © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  26. 26. SubfacilityA subfacility may be a point or a line (e.g. road) but istypically an area such as a watershed, basin, or tailingspond. Subfacility (El Llagal Tailings Pond) © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  27. 27. SubfacilityA subfacility may have coordinates and an address (e.g.a building, a road) and is identified by asubfacility_code. Subfacility (El Llagal Tailings Pond) © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  28. 28. Subfacility and SurveyIn some cases, thephysical extent of asubfacility mayexceed the facilityboundaries. Facility Boundary1-km ring subfacility for bird surveys Survey/Observation points © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  29. 29. TaxonomyWhat is Taxonomy?Taxonomy is the science of identifying, naming, and classifyingspecies. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  30. 30. TaxonomyTaxonomy in EQuIS Alive may be as simple as identifying one ormore species of interest:• Hispaniolan Yellow Treefrog (Osteopilus pulchrilineatus)• Hispaniolan Giant Treefrog (Osteopilus vastus)• Yellow Split-toed Eleuth (Eleutherodactylus flavescens)in a flat list with no hierarchy, or … © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  31. 31. TaxonomyTaxonomy in EQuIS Alive may be as complex as the completescientific definition of known species. For example, forHisplaniolan Giant Treefrog (Osteopilus vastus):Animalia (kingdom) Chordata (phylum) Amphibia (class) Anura (order) Hylidae (family) Osteopilus (genus) O. vastus (species) © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  32. 32. TaxonomyThe recommended taxonomic implementation is to use heirarchicalstructure where practical and necessary. For example:Animals Frogs Hispaniolan Yellow Treefrog (Osteopilus pulchrilineatus) Hisplaniolan Giant Treefrog (Osteopilus vastus) Yellow Split-toed Eleuth (Eleutherodactylus flavescens) Birds ….Plants Shrubs …. © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  33. 33. Reference Tables: HabitatHabitat code lists should be considered holistically.Bird Habitat Codes: Fish Habitat Codes:• W = Wetland • C = Cascade• IA = Area Vegetal Intervenida • R = Riffle• SI = Structural Interfered Area • G = Glide• B = Broadleaf Forest • P = Pool• P = Pine Forest• S = Agricultura Butterfly Habitat Codes: • C = Cultivated/cleared • F = Forested • L = Low, sparse vegetation • S = Shrubland © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  34. 34. Reference Tables: HabitatHabitat code lists should be considered holistically.Bird Habitat Codes: Fish Habitat Codes:• W = Wetland • C = Cascade• IA = Area Vegetal Intervenida • R = Riffle• SI = Structural Interfered Area • G = Glide• B = Broadleaf Forest • P = Pool• P = Pine Forest• S = Agricultura Butterfly Habitat Codes: • C = Cultivated/clearedConflicts exist where the • F = Forestedsame codes have • L = Low, sparse vegetationdifferent meanings. • S = Shrubland © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  35. 35. Survey DefinitionType © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  36. 36. Survey DefinitionTypeDescription © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  37. 37. Survey DefinitionTypeDescriptionStandard Fields: subfacility (area) coordinate type x and y coordinates surveyor survey date (start/end) habitat action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  38. 38. Survey DefinitionTypeDescriptionStandard Fields: subfacility (area) coordinate type x and y coordinates surveyor survey date (start/end) habitat action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  39. 39. Survey DefinitionTypeDescriptionStandard Fields: subfacility (area) coordinate type x and y coordinates surveyor survey date (start/end) habitat action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  40. 40. Survey DefinitionTypeDescriptionStandard Fields: subfacility (area) coordinate type x and y coordinates surveyor survey date (start/end) habitat action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  41. 41. Survey DefinitionTypeDescriptionStandard Fields: subfacility (area) coordinate type x and y coordinates surveyor survey date (start/end) habitat action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  42. 42. Survey DefinitionTypeDescriptionStandard Fields: subfacility (area) coordinate type x and y coordinates surveyor survey date (start/end) habitat action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  43. 43. Survey DefinitionTypeDescriptionStandard Fields: subfacility (area) coordinate type x and y coordinates surveyor survey date (start/end) habitat action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  44. 44. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields:DOM_PLANT_CANOPY Text © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  45. 45. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields:DOM_PLANT_CANOPYDOM_PLANT_UNDRGRWTH Text © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  46. 46. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields:DOM_PLANT_CANOPYDOM_PLANT_UNDRGRWTHCANOPY_HEIGHT List 0 = No Canopy 1 = 1 - 5m 2 = 5 – 10m 3 = 10 – 25m 4 = 25+ m © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  47. 47. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields:DOM_PLANT_CANOPYDOM_PLANT_UNDRGRWTHCANOPY_HEIGHTCANOPY_COVER% List 0 = None 1 = 1 – 25% 2 = 25 – 50% 3 = 50 – 75% 4 = 75 – 100% © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  48. 48. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields:DOM_PLANT_CANOPYDOM_PLANT_UNDRGRWTHCANOPY_HEIGHTCANOPY_COVER%GROUND_COVER%_LITTERGROUND_COVER%_GRASSGROUND_COVER%_HERBGROUND_COVER%_SHRUBGROUND_COVER%_TREE List © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  49. 49. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields:DOM_PLANT_CANOPYDOM_PLANT_UNDRGRWTHCANOPY_HEIGHTCANOPY_COVER%GROUND_COVER%_LITTERGROUND_COVER%_GRASSGROUND_COVER%_HERBGROUND_COVER%_SHRUBGROUND_COVER%_TREEDISTANCE_WATER_mDISTANCE_DISTURB_m Integer (or Decimal) © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  50. 50. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields:DOM_PLANT_CANOPYDOM_PLANT_UNDRGRWTHCANOPY_HEIGHTCANOPY_COVERGROUND_COVER%_LITTERGROUND_COVER%_GRASSGROUND_COVER%_HERBGROUND_COVER%_SHRUBGROUND_COVER%_TREEDISTANCE_WATER_mDISTANCE_DISTURB_mHABITAT_NOTE Text © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  51. 51. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields (cont.):TEMP_C Decimal © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  52. 52. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields (cont.):TEMP_CWIND_SCALE List © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  53. 53. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields (cont.):TEMP_CWIND_SCALEWEATHER Text © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  54. 54. Survey DefinitionAdditional Fields (cont.):TEMP_CWIND_SCALEWEATHERCLOUD_COVER% Percent © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  55. 55. Observation DefinitionStandard Fields: category taxonomy coordinates observation time evidence condition quantity gender life stage action remark © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.
  56. 56. Observation DefinitionAdditional Fields:BIRD_DISTANCE_m IntegerBIRD_FLYOVER_COUNT TextBIRD_BREEDING True/False © 2012, EarthSoft Inc.

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