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Aquatic Plant Research > Scientific Data on Aquatic Plant Communities > Wisconsin Standard Method to Collect Aquatic Plant Data > Testing the Standard Method > Wisconsin Standard Point-Intercept Survey Method

Aquatic Plant Research Wisconsin Standard Point-Intercept Survey Method

When we first established the point-intercept method as the standard approach to sampling aquatic plants in Wisconsin, researchers needed to know the nuts and bolts details-- for instance, how many samples should we take to accurately count the number of different species present? Did the size of the lake or the complexity of the shoreline affect how we should distribute the sampling points? To make sampling as efficient and powerful as possible, we conducted a detailed analysis of the point-intercept sampling method. One of the key points of this peer-reviewed paper specifies the level of effort needed to accurately capture aquatic plant data in a way that allows for scientifically sound comparisons. The paper can be found at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/hdtdmcxWujXZawfhycgI/full