A biosurvey, or biological survey, is a scientific study of
Biosurveys are used by government agencies responsible for management of public lands, environmental planning and/or environmental regulation to assess ecological resources, such as rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. They involve collection and analysis of animal and/or plant samples which serve as bioindicators. The studies may be conducted by professional scientists or volunteer organizations. They are conducted according to published procedures to ensure consistency in data collection and analysis, and to compare findings to established metrics.
Biosurveys typically use metrics such as
A biosurvey may be used to generate an index of biological integrity (IBI), a scoring system for an ecological resource.
Water resource biosurveys
Protocols for conducting biosurveys of water resources have been published by state government agencies
- Biological integrity
- Indicator species
- Water pollution
- Water quality
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- Biological Assessment of Water Quality – US EPA
- Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates - WV Save Our Streams Program
- Online biomonitoring of water quality by a permanent record of bivalve molluscs' behavior and physiology (biological rhythms, growth rate, spawning, early warning), 24/7, worldwide: the MolluSCAN eye Archived 2016-11-13 at the Wayback Machine project