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Sampling Design Tool for ArcGIS - Instruction Manual for ESRI ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 3 or higher

Author(s): Buja, K. and C. Menza.

NCCOS Center: CCMA (http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/centers/ccma)

Center Team: Biogeography

Name of Publisher: NOAA

Place of Publication: SIlver Spring, MD

Publication Type: General Report

Date of Publication: 2013

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Abstract: Overview. The NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch’s Sampling Design Tool for ArcGIS (10.0 service pack 3 and higher) provides a means to effectively develop sampling strategies in a geographic information system (GIS) environment. The tool was produced as part of an iterative process of sampling design development, whereby existing data informs new design decisions. The objective of this process, and hence a product of this tool, is an optimal sampling design which can be used to achieve accurate, high-precision estimates of population metrics at a minimum of cost. Although NOAA’s Biogeography Branch focuses on marine habitats and some examples reflects this, the tool can be used to sample any type of population defined in space, be it coral reefs or corn fields.

Availability: free online for download

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