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AusPlots field data collection with AusScribe

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The presentation provides an overview of AuScribe, an Android-based ecology field survey App based on AusPLots Rangelands Survey Protocols Manual. The presentation is part of the Workshop on Approaches to Terrestrial Ecosystem Data Management : from collection to synthesis and beyond

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AusPlots field data collection with AusScribe

  1. 1. 1 09/03/16, Andrew Tokmakoff AusPlots field data collection with AuScribe Infrastructure for Ecological Monitoring
  2. 2. 2 Objectives ✤ To cover: ✤ introduce AusPlots, and explain why it exists ✤ show how AusPlots data is collected (and handled and published) ✤ a small demo of the AuScribe field data collection App ✤ For you to consider: ✤ what our work might mean for you
  3. 3. What is AusPlots Rangelands? ✤ AusPlots is based at Adelaide University and is one of 12 Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) facilities ✤ AusPlots identifies, prioritises, and fills data gaps in environmental monitoring of Australian rangelands bioregions (81% of the continent) ✤ AusPlots has defined a standardised survey methodology and undertakes surveys over a national network of permanent 1 hectare plots, collecting baseline vegetation and soils ecological data. ✤ This work facilitates ongoing evidence-based decision making at local, regional, national and international levels. 3
  4. 4. So, what do Australian Rangelands look like? 4
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  6. 6. Collecting field data in a prescribed methodology ✤ Prescribes a survey methodology for
 collecting plot-based vegetation and 
 soils data ✤ consistency of both data and collection 
 method ✤ allows analysis of consistent data
 over time, by future researchers 6
  7. 7. What is collected? General ✤ High accuracy (DGPS) location 
 data for the plot’s corners, centre 
 and transect start/end points ✤ Site observations in 
 regard to condition, 
 erosion, drainage, 
 micro-relief, lithologies
 and landform 
 pattern/element. 7
  8. 8. What is collected? Vegetation ✤ Vouchering ✤ Vouchered vegetation
 species (barcoded) over 
 the plot; later sent for 
 Herbarium Determinations. ✤ Genetic vouchering 
 (barcoded) of species and 
 extra sampling of dominant 
 species (up to 4 samples). 8
  9. 9. What is collected? Vegetation ✤ Point Intercept ✤ consists of 1010 points, 
 where each point records: ✤ any vegetation intercept(s), 
 indicating the species and intercept 
 height ✤ the substrate; 9
  10. 10. ✤ Basal Area ✤ recordings in each of the 9 segments of the plot, each consisting of: ✤ a set of vegetation species under observation, the associated wedge factor and the number of ‘hits’ What is collected? Vegetation 10
  11. 11. What is collected? Vegetation ✤ Leaf Area Index (LAI) ✤ Site Structural Summary ✤ recording the three most dominant species in the Upper, Middle and Lower strata, (with floristics comments). 11
  12. 12. What is collected? Soils ✤ Characterisation of soils (barcoded) ✤ 1 metre deep pit, in 10cm increments (ec, ph, texture and colour) ✤ 9 subsite samples: ✤ barcoded meta-genomics surface soil samples 
 and soil samples in 10cm increments to 30cm depth 12
  13. 13. What is collected? Soils ✤ 3 bulk density measurements, which quantify soil fine earth and gravel. 13
  14. 14. Where are the plots? 14
  15. 15. Australian Transect Network 15
  16. 16. The AusPlots Approach: tooling 16
  17. 17. Some requirements.. ✤ Core function: support data collection according to the protocol ✤ Minimise data double-handling ✤ Maximise integrity of data (e.g. transcription errors) ✤ Use ‘off-the-shelf’ where appropriate (rapid development) ✤ Be able to function without a network (remote locations) ✤ Offer efficiency gains vs. traditional data collection methods 17
  18. 18. System Architecture 18
  19. 19. AusPlots Rangelands Field Data Collection App ‘AuScribe’ 19 A quick demo…
  20. 20. Publishing curated data 20
  21. 21. ✤ Soils 2 Satellites offers visualisation ✤ (e.g. for land managers, consultants) ✤ Aekos offers raw data access,
 data enrichment and search ✤ (e.g. for ecological scientists) Publishing to external services 21 Field App cron REST/
 JSON (Cloud) SWARM Server
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  24. 24. Reflecting.. ✤Benefits: ✤ Integrity of data ✤ Speed of data availability ✤Challenges: ✤ getting the UI right; resistance when it is slower than “recording audio” (with subsequent data entry later on). ✤ dealing with legacy data at the same time as introducing new tools. 24
  25. 25. Looking ahead… ✤ New modules and protocols ✤ Woodlands, Soils,Veg Condition, and Fauna are likely to be first ✤ iOS support ✤ ‘R’ API to 
 (via Aekos) 25
  26. 26. Summary ✤ The AusPlots field data collection App generates clean data that is readily curated and easy to publish. ✤ The solution was developed iteratively, based upon experience from field use and adopted a component-based design for fast results. ✤ Complexity of the data collected led to a custom solution. ✤ ÆKOS and S2S provide publishing platforms for 
 AusPlots data. ✤ Together, we have a field-to-web solution that 
 makes data accessible for use in long-term 
 studies and facilitates informed ecological 
 decision-making. 26
  27. 27. Any Questions? andrew.tokmakoff@adelaide.edu.au Andrew Tokmakoff 27 Opportunities:
 Protocol training,
 collecting AusPlots data, 
 using collected AusPlots data