Transect monitoring allows you to count and register various species groups in a standardized manner at any time, with full documented search effort and geographic reference.
You can even do this for multiple species groups at the same time and through each other. It is important that you register all observations of the groups to be monitored. (at the moment that this is no longer feasible, you stop the transect)
To be saved: start and end time, list of observations per type group, route travelled.
The usable parameters per type are:
- reporting frequency in a number of lists
- number of observations
- number of individuals
- search time until a species is found (everything always in relation to search time or distance, possibility to split by species, habitat, season, observer, .... etc.)
We already had the option for day lists. This can also be used, for example, to document a complete list of the species present without registering each individual observation as point observation.
Transect monitoring adds a bit of improvement and precision.
When you repeat the same transect regularly enough, that information can serve to quantify the detection probability (in time): how much research do you have to do to discover if a species is present?
Repeatedly running transects provide the best information, but transects that have been run on once are also useful. So you can choose where, when, how long and how often you want to do this.
Sightings collected and validated on Observation.org are published on GBIF for scientific use.