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dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Jasonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:57:47Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:57:47Z
dc.date.issued2001-12-06en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-12102001-163111en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/37149
dc.description.abstractThe traditional paper-based method of field data collection has always been a time-consuming and cumbersome process. Agency personnel in the field complete a standard evaluation form, which is then returned to the office and entered into a computer database for storage and analysis. Throughout this process, data can easily be lost or misinterpreted. As data requirements continue to expand, field data collection can quickly overwhelm a regulatory agency's manpower and resources, which only serves to exacerbate these problems. Recent technological developments can help agencies and organizations keep up with this growing demand and have begun to change the method of data collection and management. The overall goal of this study is to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate a digital protocol for the use of technology in a volunteer stream monitoring application and draw conclusions on its applicability as a more effective means of data collection in a wide variety of fields. The protocol includes digital evaluation forms and integrated help files for use in the field. The digital evaluation forms are based on paper evaluation forms developed by researchers conducting a stream corridor assessment of Stroubles Creek in Blacksburg, Virginia. The protocol was developed using available hardware and software. Collected data can be downloaded directly from a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and stored on a hard drive or system server. The data can then be input directly into a Geographic Information System (GIS) database to enhance the visualization and usefulness of the information. The GIS allows surveyors to view the relationships among the many factors affecting the stream, as well as preparing the data for advanced analysis. Two examples are provided: a field application of the protocol on streams currently listed for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development; and an environmental education setting in a Virginia elementary school. Conclusions drawn from these applications are also described.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.relation.haspart4etdappendix.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectGPSen_US
dc.subjectCyberTrackeren_US
dc.subjectVolunteer Assessmenten_US
dc.subjectStreamWalken_US
dc.subjectPDAen_US
dc.titleDeveloping Digital Monitoring Protocols for Use in Volunteer Stream Assessmenten_US
dc.typeMajor paperen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUrban Affairs and Planningen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRandolph, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberYounos, Tamimen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEbrahim, Alnoor S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDymond, Randel L.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12102001-163111/en_US
dc.date.sdate2001-12-10en_US
dc.date.rdate2002-12-11
dc.date.adate2001-12-11en_US


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