Data Management & Project Evaluation

Data Storage

At the end of the season, it is essential to store your high-quality data for future application to management decisions.  National databases are available at the NOC to upload and store AIM data.  It’s also important to evaluate your monitoring efforts in order to support and improve future monitoring.  Together, data management and project evaluation ensure that all of the field season’s hard work translates into useful information.

TerrADat

TerrADat is an enterprise database via Microsoft® SQL Server and stores all national BLM monitoring data collected using the AIM Strategy. TerrADat stands for the Terrestrial AIM Database and is housed at the National Operations Center. Currently, TerrADat is served out to Department of the Interior (DOI) employees via an ArcGIS feature service and will be available to the public in the near future via the BLM’s Landscape Approach Geoportal.

For specific TerrADat or terrestrial AIM data questions please contact our AIM Data Manager, Sarah Burnett (sburnett@blm.gov).

If you are a DOI employee, please consult the TerrADat Instruction Manual (PDF) to learn how to connect to the TerrADat feature service.

AquADat

AquADat stands for Aquatic AIM Database and is currently in the beginning stages of development. If you have questions about any aquatics AIM data, please contact the AIM Aquatics Lead, Scott Miller (swmiller@blm.gov).

Project Evaluation & Revision

Monitoring efforts are not static, management needs may shift over time.  Likewise, careful examination of the data gathered so far may reveal shortcomings or gaps. The evaluation process is intended to identify issues and guide responsible modification of the ongoing monitoring process.\

End of season implementation summary: The AIM Implementation Summary Template is intended to serve as the tool for documenting an end-of-season overview from each project. The summary provides the NOC with a detailed description of the timelines and process for each project. It is also a way to communicate lessons learned and take home messages.  To help better understand each part of the AIM implementation process, we have broken down this summary into several components: plan and fund, design, training, data collection, QA and QC, storage, and analysis and reporting. We have also included a section on your experience working with AIM, as well as a general section at the end for comments or questions that we may have missed. We thank you in advance for your valuable input. If you do make changes to your monitoring design, be sure to also update your Project Design Template.

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Figure 1. AIM yearly implementation timeline

Planning for next year: Planning for the following year’s monitoring should begin in the fall (Figure 1). Possible tasks include: update and/or renew contract agreements or edit position descriptions, contact the NOC/NAMC and your state lead with any updates including changes to the Project Design Template, put your funding requests for the following fiscal year into BPS, inventory equipment, etc -see Planning and Funding page for more information.

 

 

 

Questions?

Sarah Burnett (sburnett@blm.gov) or Baili Foster (bfoster@blm.gov)

Additional Resources:

Project Design Template

2015 AIM Implementation Summary

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