Aquatic Plant Research > Scientific Data on Aquatic Plant Communities > Wisconsin Standard Method to Collect Aquatic Plant Data > Learning From Aquatic Plant Data > Estimating Biomass
Aquatic Plant Research
The Wisconsin standard aquatic plant sampling method collects data on the occurrence of aquatic plant species in lakes, but does not collect information on plant biomass. Traditionally, biomass collection was very expensive, often involving in-water surveys conducted by SCUBA divers. Science Services researchers are exploring the use of visual density data to estimate biomass by species. This data would inform management decisions and provide value-added information to standard plant surveys.