Sampling gear and equipment used for field programs must be assembled and checked prior to mobilizing for the field. Equipment should be regularly inspected, maintained, and if necessary calibrated according to manufacturer’s specifics throughout the field program.
Typical equipment and materials used during field surveys are described below:
- Soil and sediment survey equipment: sediment corer and/or grab and stainless steel mixing and handling trays/utensils;
- Fish survey equipment: gill nets, seine nets, DNA sample kits, dissecting equipment, measuring board, and weight scales;
- General electronic equipment: Global Positioning System (GPS; Garmin 76, 45, 45XL, 12XL or GPSII) for obtaining sampling station positions (accuracy of ±15 m), film or digital cameras, and laptop computers with office and communication software;
- Vehicles for transportation: to be rented locally with proof of required insurance;
- Safety gear and equipment: first aid kit, gloves, safety glasses, hard hat, mosquito repellant etc.;
- Reference materials: topographic maps, hydrographic charts, satellite and /or aerial photos of study sites, publications, and previous reports; and
- Miscellaneous field equipment: tarps, coolers, buckets, jerry cans, hoses, sample bottles, packing materials, assorted chemicals, waterproof pens and paper and power inverter.
Examples of Common Field Equipment
|Soil and sediment survey equipment: sediment corer and/or grab and stainless steel mixing and handling trays/utensils.|
|Dissecting equipment, measuring board, and weight scales.|
|Global Positioning System (GPS; Garmin 76, 45, 45XL, 12XL or GPSII).|
|Vehicles for transportation|
|Coolers, buckets, sample bottles, packing materials, assorted chemicals, waterproof pens and paper and power inverter.|