FAQ

Why did you create this site?
Why should I use this site?
How do I get a membership?
Who is my "local coordinator?" How can I get more involved?
What information can be entered via this web portal?
What if I have a general observation I would like to enter, but I haven't used any particular protocols?
What happens to the data once they are submitted?
Can you add more protocols to the site?
Who can I contact to ask questions or to provide general feedback?

Why did you create this site?
We wanted to develop a "one-stop-shop" for community based coral reef
monitoring in Hawaii. This site was developed in support of current efforts such
as the University of Hawaii Botany Department and Division of Aquatic Resources'
herbivore grazing protocols, and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National
Marine Sanctuary's Citizen Science programs. This online data entry and
reporting system will greatly expand the scope and impact of these monitoring
efforts, and the associated resources provided here will empower and equip
many more community members to get involved.

Why should I use this site?

By entering your data online, you are not only contributing valuable information
for resource management purposes, but you are also able to monitor and
compile your own volunteer contributions. This information is valuable to our
team as inkind support for our ongoing efforts, and it is also of value to you for
tax purposes. Another exciting feature of this site is your ability to view your data
in reports generated by the system.

How do I get a membership?
If you are part of a volunteer network or local team and would like to enter your
own data, you will need to contact our team or participate in training in order to
get a membership and begin entering data on your own. We have started in this
manner for quality control reasons. You will need to attend (or have attended
previously) a workshop or training in the appropriate monitoring protocol. Once
you have done so and provided your contact information our admin team will
supply you with your initial login details. You may then edit your profile and add
additional information. If you have received appropriate training and would like to
request a membership, please email us.

Who is my "local coordinator?" How can I get more involved?
Visit this page for a list of groups that coordinate various monitoring efforts,
community contacts and current site administrators.

What information can be entered via this web portal?
Currently, the protocols available to enter online are from the Hawaii Division of
Aquatic Resources' herbivore grazing surveys (herbivore grazing, fish behavior,
and grazing schools); water quality monitoring protocols outlined in the Taking
Care of Hawaii's Waters guidebook and adapted by local partners (basic
parameters, bacterial, and a visual assessment); and other observations
(including sightings of Large and Terminal Parrotfishes, large grazing schools,
and roi fishing outcomes).

What if I have a general observation I would like to enter, but I haven't used any particular protocols?
If you see something of note that you would like to document and submit for
resource management purposes, you can use the Special/General Observations
Form, which has a place to submit "other observations from this site." This is
essentially a catch-all, which will help us determine what additional protocols to
explore for further inclusion on this site.

What happens to the data once they are submitted?

The data are housed within this system and can be retrieved by administrators.
Individual users may also generate reports.

Can you add more protocols to the site?
While we had a lot of ideas for types of protocols to include, we were
constrained by factors such as time and funding. However we would like to begin
planning the next phase of the project and are open to suggestions about which
protocols may be of the highest value for community-based efforts and resource
management. Please contact us with your input.

Who can I contact to ask questions or to provide general feedback?
Please email us at monitoring@coral.org