The SSC cycle: a PDCA approach to address site-specific characteristics in a continuous shallow water quality monitoring project
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|Journal:||J Environ Monit 2008/05/02|
|Authors:||Miles, E. J.|
|Address:||Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERRVA), Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Rt. 1208 Great Rd., Gloucester Point, VA 23062, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org|
In any water quality-monitoring project there are several critical success factors that must be adequately addressed in order to ensure the implementation and realization of the monitoring objectives. Site selection is one of these critical success factors. The monitoring sites must be selected to comply with the monitoring and data quality objectives. In the real world, ideal monitoring setting conditions are difficult to achieve, and compromises must be made in order to locate the monitoring stations that best represent the environment to be monitored. Site-specific characteristics are all the environmental, logistical and management factors particular to the monitoring site, that could influence the fulfilment of the monitoring and data quality objectives. Therefore, during the site selection process, it is essential to properly consider and evaluate these site-specific characteristics. The SSC cycle was developed with this goal in mind, to assist the monitoring team to systematically address site-specific characteristics. The cycle is a methodology to organize the site-specific characteristics in different categories, and to ensure a comprehensive overview of these characteristics throughout the project life cycle.