2NDNATURE has developed a process to prioritize locations where resource management actions should be undertaken and a web-based platform template to simply track the effectiveness of the improvements over time and space. 2N RAMs™ integrate mapping, field assessments and standard results to allow resource managers to rapidly evaluate the relative condition of an urban or forested road, a stream channel, a stormwater BMP, or an agricultural field over time and quantify the benefits of these changes to land management. By implementing simple & targeted observations over a large spatial area, these tools allow for a more cost-effective application of the existing scientific knowledge than can be calibrated and validated using more advanced and costly monitoring & evaluation techniques.
Rapid Assessment Methodologies (RAMs) are standardized, defensible & low-cost tools to rapidly evaluate the relative condition of a landscape feature. RAM protocols rely on theory-tested empirical data from rigorous, high-resolution monitoring to validate the assumed linkages between the field proxy measurements and the system processes of interest. By implementing simple & targeted observations over a large spatial area, RAMs allow for a more cost-effective application of the existing scientific knowledge than can be evaluated using more advanced monitoring techniques. RAMS include:
• OBJECTIVE & WELL-STRUCTURED PROTOCOLS – Simple & repeatable field protocols can be completed in a relatively short amount of time by personnel with a small amount of training.
• STANDARDIZED DATA MANAGEMENT – Digital field datasheets, focused data collection and immediate RAM score calculation increase the likelihood of adoption by users.
• SIMPLE COMMUNICATION OF RESULTS – Simple 0-5, color-coded condition scale communicates results to a wide array of audiences in both tabular & mapped formats.