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Taking samples is a key technique in environmental monitoring. Sample collection, when done well, can be cheap, numerous samples can be taken, and many people can participate in sample collection.

Lead image from @warren's work

Types of sampling

Not all of these types of sampling have pages yet, but we are working together to collect these resources, so please help by editing this page:

Please add other types of sampling here as well.


Ask and answer general questions about sampling:

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What is the best way to take a sample of snow to look for particulates? @stevie over 6 years ago 1
Oil Chemistry of Keystone Leak @kayaerbil over 6 years ago 5
How do I choose between different types of air canisters for grab sampling? @stevie almost 7 years ago 0
When is it better to do grab sampling versus other types of monitoring? @stevie almost 7 years ago 2
Where can you purchase a bucket for air grab sampling? @stevie almost 7 years ago 5
What methods are available for doing air grab samples for hydrogen sulfide? @stevie almost 7 years ago 2
Where can someone send a strange substance found on their property for analysis? @bbutler almost 7 years ago 9
How much do different oil pollution tests cost? @warren almost 7 years ago 1
What are soil sampling protocols being used by groups along the gulf coast? @stevie almost 7 years ago 5