The accuracy of water quality monitoring data : a comparison between citizen scientists and professionals

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dc.contributor.advisor Conrad, Catherine Treena, 1971-
dc.creator Shelton, Ashley Murphy
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-17T15:57:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-17T15:57:48Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other TD367 S538 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/25027
dc.description ix, 95, x-xxxviii leaves : ill., col. maps ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 88-95).
dc.description.abstract This study compared water quality data of trained citizen scientists and a water professional. Side-by-side field measurements in Nova Scotia’s freshwater streams were conducted to determine how professional measurements compared to citizen scientists and to identify what factors improve the ability of citizen scientists to collect accurate water quality data. It was expected that no significant difference would be found between citizen scientists and the professional scientist for all freshwater parameters, within mechanical error and government data correction criteria. Results identified similarities for volunteer and professional measurements including water temperature, pH, conductivity and discharge, while there were significant differences revealed for dissolved oxygen. Changes to address the differences found include further training in calibration and field procedures, to offer a better chance of integration of volunteer data with government run programs. The study aimed to demonstrate the value of volunteer data and whether it can be used to increase the overall knowledge of water resources. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc TD367
dc.subject.lcsh Water quality -- Measurement
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental monitoring -- Citizen participation
dc.title The accuracy of water quality monitoring data : a comparison between citizen scientists and professionals en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Science
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Geography
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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