Guidelines for Reporting of Environmental Contaminant Data

by Michael F. Buchman, NOAA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


To evaluate long-term temporal and large scale spatial trends in the absence of long-term monitoring programs, it is necessary to use data composited from other surveys and research projects. However, many non-monitoring data sets are unusable for broader syntheses due to a lack of supporting information. Very basic background information, such as the tissue and species used in the analyses, is often omitted. With attention to a few details, future research and survey reports could provide useful information in support of monitoring results. Some guidelines for reporting are presented here. These guidelines suggest the detail that should be included in reporting sampling location and data, the matrix analyzed, the analytical equipment and procedures used, and the definition of the xenobiotic parameters being reported. The philosophy of these guidelines is applicable to any environmental data.

Subject Headings: Spatial data | Water pollution | Composite materials | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Geomatic surveys | Matrix (mathematics) | Equipment and machinery | Terminology and definition

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