Ecological Synoptic Studies

What is Ecological Synoptic Studies?

Ecological Synoptic Studies meaning Short-term investigations of specific ecological characteristics within all or part of a Study Unit to provide improved spatial resolution and representativeness compared with fixed-site sampling, and to evaluate the spatial distribution of selected ecological characteristics in relation to causative factors, such as land uses or contaminant sources and instream habitat conditions. These studies supplement information derived from the more comprehensive data collected at Basic and Intensive Fixed Sites by targeting specific and more narrowly defined seasonal and habitat conditions for ecological characterization at more locations. One to two Ecological Synoptic Studies are constructed in most Study Units.

 

reference: USGS – GLOSSARY OF STUDY COMPONENTS