National Park Service

Mojave Desert I&M Network (MOJN)

Monitoring

New York Mountains at Mojave Desert  NPRES
New York Mountains at Mojave National Preserve

The intent of park vital signs monitoring is to track a subset of physical, chemical, and biological elements and processes of park ecosystems. These elements are selected to represent the overall health or condition of park resources, known or hypothesized effects of stressors, or elements that have important human values.

The elements and processes that are monitored are a subset of the total suite of natural resources that park managers are directed to preserve "unimpaired for future generations," including water, air, geological resources, plants and animals, and the various ecological, biological, and physical processes that act on those resources. In situations where natural areas have been so highly altered that physical and biological processes no longer operate (e.g., control of fires and floods in developed areas), information obtained through monitoring can help managers understand how to develop the most effective approach to restoration or, in cases where restoration is impossible, ecologically sound management.

The MOJN Monitoring Plan provides a detailed description of the strategy for monitoring these vital signs. The table below shows the detailed monitoring protocols used to sample these vital signs to date.

Monitoring Protocol Vital Signs Protocol Status
Desert Springs
  • Vegetation Change
  • Surface Water Dynamics
  • Groundwater Dynamics and Chemistry
  • Surface Water Chemistry
Under Development
Integrated Uplands
  • Vegetation Change
  • Invasive Plants
  • Soil Chemistry and Nutrient Cycling
  • Soil Hydrologic Function
  • Soil Erosion and Deposition
  • Soil Surface Disturbance
  • Biological Soil Crusts
Complete
Invasive & Exotic Plants
  • Invasive Plants
Under Development
Spring Vegetation
  • Invasive/Exotic Plants
  • Soil Quality (hydrologic function, erosion and deposition, and disturbance)
  • Vegetation Change
Under Development
Selected Large Springs
  • Surface Water Dynamics
  • Groundwater Dynamics and Chemistry
  • Surface Water Chemistry
Complete
Streams and Lakes
  • Surface Water Dynamics
  • Surface Water Chemistry
Complete
Weather and Climate
  • Basic Meteorology
  • Wet and dry deposition
Under Development

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