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3. Data Life Cycle

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3.3.3 Sampling & Monitoring Initiatives

Regular resource sampling and environmental monitoring initiatives are mainly part of governmental mandates. Several ongoing monitoring programs carried out by various departments allow scientists to compile time series that are used to assess resource status (flora, fauna, human populations, ecosystems) and to detect environmental changes (air, water, ground, contaminants). 1 The Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) is an example of a large scale oceanographic data collection initiative.

Communities are also increasingly interested in environmental issues and get involved in data collection activities. For example, the Comités ZIP in Quebec are regional organizations bringing together the main users of the St. Lawrence while fostering a coherent approach to solving local and regional issues affecting ecosystems. 2

Similarly, the general public can be involved. Citizens are progressively welcome to contribute their own observations through initiatives such as the Capelin Observation Network (CON) 3 and the Marine Mammal Observation Network (MMON). 4 SLGO has developed a collaborative Web platform to support such programs, allowing individuals to enter their own data online. 5

AZMP: Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program sampling stations and transects.
Source: St. Lawrence Global Observatory - SLGO

  1. Office of the Auditor General of Canada. 2011. Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. Ch. 5. A Study of Environmental Monitoring.
  2. Stratégies Saint-Laurent. Les Comités ZIP.
  3. Capelin Observation Network (CON).
  4. Réseau d'observation de mammifères marins (ROMM).
  5. St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO). Crowdsourcing.