How do I map my chosen research site?
Question 1: Is mapping currently required?
Yes. We ask that all researchers (current and new) map their research plots/locations using RMBL’s GPS equipment. Mapping your site allows us to manage research sites, so that we don’t have conflicts between researchers. Each spring a new research site map is created that has all the active research sites. If you wish to be on this map, you should collect your site location(s). Mapping sites also provides a historical record of where each researcher has worked and what was done.
Question 2: What is the procedure for getting my sites mapped at RMBL if I am a NEW researcher or want to work in a NEW area?
Note: if you already have a site and just need to get it mapped, go straight to RMBL <a href=”/p175.php”>GPS procedures page. Once you arrive in Gothic, go to the area of interest and collect a GPS coordinate(s), using either a personal GPS or RMBL GPS unit. (RMBL <a href=”/p175.php”>GPS procedures<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>)
Using GIS software, the GIS Coordinator will view these coordinates along with the other mapped researched sites and current facilities.
If your site is not in conflict with other research or facilities, e-mail the Science Director (<a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com) to let him/her know that you have found a location. If your site DOES conflict with other research sites and/or facilities, contact the Science Director to discuss your conflict and other site options. Once you have chosen a site(s), follow the steps outlined below.
Question 3: What is the procedure for getting my sites mapped at RMBL if I am a CURRENT researcher?
Please follow the procedure for using GPS units at RMBL found on the <a href=”/p175.php”>GPS procedures page.