Research protocols

Research protocols

The first year’s data collection consists of four parts, each with their own research protocol:
1) Location research protocol 
2) Habitat mapping research protocol
3) Ecological survey of seagrass and invertebrates in seagrass and unvegetated areas research protocol
4) Gleaning landing research protocol

The data collection is open until the end of 2019.

1) Location research protocol

(updated 20181106)

Information about your location, a lengthy questionnaire about the social and environmental conditions of your location, this can be filled in at any time before November 2019, and can be completed in sections. This protocol may require some fieldwork that can be done in combination with the other research protocols. The link below contains more information to help to guide you to your location choice.

Access the location survey form “IPSN Location Survey (2018/2019) here (Google forms):

https://goo.gl/forms/pXrqIrXKn49pbSml1

If you would like to get an overview of all the questions in the Location form, we have gathered all the questions in one PDF for your convenience. All data must be submitted via the google form. Please download it here:

ipsn location survey – gleaning 2018_2019 – google forms

2) Habitat mapping research protocol

Gathering GPS coordinates for all habitats present in the seascape at your location. This data aimed to be used to produce a habitat map for your location to be used in subsequent years (field work). For more information read the research protocol.

Access the research protocol here: IPSN Habitat mapping Protocol_20181106

Training videos habitat mapping (YouTube):

or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrdfk094tjkLLGI7PnSjXxnO8CuZWMZ7J

3) Ecological survey of seagrass and invertebrates research protocol 

Collecting ecological data along three transects at two sites (seagrass + unvegetated) to understand invertebrate productivity and the seagrass community (field work). For more information read the research protocol.

Access the research protocol here: IPSN Ecological survey research protocol_20181207 (advanced draft version)

Training videos ecological survey (YouTube):

or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrdfk094tjkJCLWe5IxrtoRAuXArliRGC

Guides for seagrass identification and % cover. These resources are developed by SeagrassWatch and can be found on SeagrassWatch Website: http://www.seagrasswatch.org/manuals.html

Epiphytes: Matrix to aid estimate epiphyte cover.  http://www.seagrasswatch.org/longterm_monitoring/Epiphyte_matrix.pdf

4) Gleaning landing research protocol 

Interviewing gleaners to investigate their gleaning habits and catch (field work). For more information read the research protocol.

Access the research protocol here: IPSN gleaning landing survey research protocol_20181119

Training videos gleaning landing (YouTube):

or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrdfk094tjkJ3xm2H2n4-vHXkRKyxcPdy

The app to collect data (ODK Collect)

(updated 20191105)

The data collection is easiest to collect via the app ODK Collect. But it is also possible to record the data on paper and submit the data later via a computer (but it will be a bit more time consuming).

To download the app to your Android device click here. 

Please find instructions here on how to install and use ODK Collect here: How to install and use ODK Collect 20190208

NOTE. We are not using GeoODK as initially planned and also demonstrated during the workshops in Malaysia and Singapore. The reason for this is that ODK Collect has made some impressive developments lately and will be the better choice for the future. For the user, it works very similar to GeoODK. Research Protocols