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Improving Local Capacity for Coral Reef Monitoring Data Interpretation. A Guidebook with Step-by-Step Exercises Using Regional Datasets to Improve Local Capacity for Data Interpretation.

Houk, P.  2010. Improving Local Capacity for Coral Reef Monitoring Data Interpretation. A Guidebook with Step-by-Step Exercises Using Regional Datasets to Improve Local Capacity for Data Interpretation. Pacific Marine Resources Institute, Saipan, FSM.   151pp.

This comprehensive guidebook uses Microsoft Excel, Access, PRIMER-E, and Sigma Plot software programmes and runs through step-by-step examples with sample data sets provided. The guidebook has accompanying data sets and can be used for practise and training on data analysis and interpretation.

The guidebook was developed for a training in Micronesia and has also been carried out in American Samoa. It requires time to work through the activities and would possibly be done best in a small group with opportunity for discussion between group members. It provides trainees with the skills necessary to be able to analyse and interpret biological monitoring data. You can download the data sets to carry out the training in your own time.