Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring

Affiliation(s) PI Project period Funded by
DEES Fenstermaker, Lynn 06/30/2012 - 06/30/2013 To be used as an interim solution to entering a new agency

Project Description

In terrestrial areas where BP has operations BP monitors the potential impacts of these operations on the ambient environment. Unfortunately, the methods used to quantify environmental parameters are often highly variable - often depending more on the consultant/contractor who designs/carries out the monitoring rather than on the scientific merit or validity of the data that are generated by these various methods. Data gathered during project assessment phases (e.g. EIA/ESIA/Impact Statement) often are not usable as baselines for assessing subsequent impacts. The overall goal of the project is to provide broad guidance on establishing suitable monitoring systems for BP's terrestrial projects including a standardized approach to selecting monitoring methods/techniques and monitoring designs that will maximize both the quality of the information obtained and BP's ability to identify (and thereby mitigate/manage) its impacts on the environment .