On sampling procedures in population and community ecology [chapter]

N. C. Kenkel, P. Juhász-Nagy, J. Podani
1990 Progress in theoretical vegetation science  
In this paper we emphasize that sampling decisions in population and community ecology are context dependent. Thus, the selection of an appropriate sampling procedure should follow directly from con siderations of the objectives of an investigation. We recognize eight sampling alternatives, which arise as a result of three basic dichotomies: parameter estimation versus pattern detection, univariate versus multivariate, and a discrete versus continuous sampling universe. These eight alternative
more » ... ampling procedures are discussed as they relate to decisions regarding the required empirical sample size, the selection or arrangement of sampling units, and plot size and shape. Our results indicate that the decision-making process in sampling must be viewed as a flexible exercise, dictated not by generalized recommendations but by specific objectives: there is no panacea in ecological sampling. We also point to a number of unresolved sampling problems in ecology.
doi:10.1007/978-94-009-1934-1_17 fatcat:fwwleuno4nc6dn5soww5et5iru