Reef Check Tropical Program
All teams should be registered with Reef Check Headquarters prior to collecting data. This can be done by filling out the online Team Registration Form. In addition, all data collectors should be certified Reef Check EcoDivers.
The first level of data checking is performed at the site immediately following the dive. The second level of data checking is for the TS to compare the Excel spreadsheet input with the original data. This should be done independently by both the person who inputs the data into the spreadsheet and a second person. We will perform a third error check at Headquarters. Please use the prepared Excel spreadsheets for submission of data.
The advantage of the prepared Excel data forms is that we have built-in macros to calculate the mean, standard deviation and totals for parameters of interest. All you need to do is to fill in the raw data, and the calculations will be made automatically.
This allows 1) a quick check to see that the spreadsheets were filled in correctly and 2) to discuss the results with your team.
Simply fill in the spreadsheets, remembering to place zeros where no organisms were recorded. If a section was not surveyed, please indicate this in the 'Comments' section. Then e-mail the file to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment.
* Please note that all Microsoft Excel Sheets have been developed using Office 2007. If you have problems downloading these files, please email us and we would be more than happy to send the files over electronically.
If you have trouble sending the files, please contact Headquarters.
Core methods data entry
It is crucial that all data are checked and double-checked by a second person
Sending us the results
For each site, you should send us:
1 Site Description file
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