The development of an ecological classification data management and analysis system for British Columbia.

Abstract

Since 1975, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests has been systematically developing an ecosystem classification of the province, an area covering 94 million hectares. This Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) system provides a framework for resource conservation and management. To date, approximately 250 person-years have been invested in the collection, analysis and synthesis of over 8000 ecological (vegetation and environmental data) plots, and in the production of ecological field guides.The development of a database and analysis system on the micro-computer platform to support a classification system of this magnitude was a complex procedure that required judicious planning and coordination. We have developed data-processing software that permits a user to select raw data from broad provincial or regional coverage to plot- and species-level summaries, and to export the data to a variety of output formats.This paper addresses key issues for handling ecological field data on the desktop computer with emphasis on standards, operator ease-of-use, and data access.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00396155

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@article{Britton1996TheDO, title={The development of an ecological classification data management and analysis system for British Columbia.}, author={G M Britton and David Meidinger and Adrian D. Banner}, journal={Environmental monitoring and assessment}, year={1996}, volume={39 1-3}, pages={365-72} }