Glossary

Project Volunteers

  • Project Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Support Volunteer
  • Community Support
  • Database Contributor

Please visit the Volunteer page for more information on each Volunteer role.

Project Area (extent)

  • A Project area is not physically delineated, though its boundaries may exist on a map, or assumes the shape or extent of a naturally occurring underwater environment.
  • A Project area hosts, or contains, all Sites. 
  • Project boundaries are determined by the extent of an area that volunteers can realistically monitor as closely as possible while adhering to Project Baseline program standards. A Project extent often encompasses a particular environment such as a defined reef or group of reefs, a wreck or group of wrecks, a section or river or lake, etc…
  • In some cases, the Project extent encompasses an area that holds perceived or proven environmental relevance or is simply organically visited by Project Baseline volunteers for fun, recreation or training/educational purposes. Teams are encouraged to choose a Project extent that is best suited to the resources available at the time of Project initiation (time, money, number of volunteers, dive experience, and community connections).
  • The extent of your Project can expand or contract over time.

Sites

  • A Project must contain at least one Site. In limited cases, a Project will contain more than one Site.
  • A Site must have at least one Station.
  • A Site can contain also contain more than one Station.
  • When it is determined that each Site is being sufficiently monitored, volunteers can add more Sites to their Project if expansion is required to maintain sufficient documentation of an aquatic environment. However, we recommend starting “small” with just one Site. See the Project extent diagram available for download on this page for visual representation of this Project/Site structure.

Station

  • A Station is a specific point at which data collection occurs within a Site.
  • Every Station must be assigned geographic coordinates (Latitude and Longitude). We recommend starting “small” by establishing and monitoring just one to three Stations. Once each Station is being regularly monitored with subsequent data uploads, teams can begin thinking about expanding their efforts by increasing the number of Stations being monitored.
  • The actual data collection (observations at each Station) must be taken from very precise locations and perspectives underwater that can be revisited and replicated by volunteers over time. 
  • Stations generally focus on underwater environments. However, in some rare cases, surface observations will be required to “tell the story” of an underwater Station and will be inextricably relevant to a Station. In these cases, a specific Station may be located on land or on the water’s surface.

For more information about typical Project set up, take a few minutes to visit our Project Structure page

 

Project Baseline has been at the forefront of increasing awareness of Florida reef decline as well as monitoring the health index for nearly 70 marine and freshwater environments world-wide since 2009. Watch as Project Baseline takes CNN underwater for special media coverage on Florida reefs - http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/06/26/florida-dying-reefs-sanchez-nd.cnn