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alloporus science evaluation services

Report review service

many environmental reports do not do justice to the hard work and dedication of the staff that collect the data

reports often benefit greatly from independent review becoming clearer and more focused on desired outcomes

alloporus can undertake independent evidence-based review and evaluation of environmental reports that covers 
  • interpretation of the question(s) 
  • the integrity and relevance of known science
  • the quality of the data 
  • relevance, applicability and implementation of the data analysis
  • reliability of the interpretation and conclusions
where there are problems alloporus provides suggestions for improvements and can implement additional analyses and literature review where needed

output is an independent appraisal report and/or edits to the original report 

alloporus can also prepare a report from raw data

usually 2 to 5 days work
maximum turnaround time of 6 weeks 
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Data needs and interpretation service

environmental issues often force decisions from patchy, incomplete and poorly replicated data 

difference, trend and cause-effect questions in time and space are often answered without knowing if the available information is up to the task — is there enough data of sufficient quality to meet the desired level of inference? 

over many years alloporus has gathered data analysis and interpretation skills to provide independent advice on inference and data needs  

we evaluate data interpretation needs of environmental projects with
  • use of evidence hierarchies
  • review of statistical testing requirements 
    • parametric and non-parametric univariate difference and trend statistics
    • parametric and non-parametric multivariate statistics
    • spatial analysis and interpolation methods [geostatistics]
    • spatial mapping and analysis [GIS]
    • various specialised predictive models [eg FullCAM, CENTURY, APSIM]
we are especially keen on non-parametric permutation methods that reduce the need for the use of formal distributions and we always allow analyses to be driven by the project question 

we also follow the core principle that interpretation is everything — because no amount of analysis is enough unless it leads to an interpretation and understanding of the environmental challenge

usually 2 to 10 days work
maximum turnaround time of 12 weeks 
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Environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting [MER] services 

alloporus builds reliable and cost-effective MER designs for natural resource management, carbon credits, environmental values (including biodiversity) and environmental impact assessment projects

we understand the need to balance scientific rigour with practicality and the pragmatism required of real world budgets 

our MER designs begin with decisions on the level of inference, scope, scale, and budget and then we select a combination of measurement variables that will generate reliable indicators — we include data analysis and interpretation in the design

over 70 scientific publications from ecological and biodiversity research, together with more than 50 technical reports and fieldwork on three continents have given us the experience to understand the best approaches to environmental field programs

teaching experience means we can also train teams to undertake fieldwork

previous large-scale MER designs include
  • land systems as surrogates for biodiversity, NSW
  • monitoring for non-target effects of tsetse fly eradication in northern Botswana
  • effect of logging on biodiversity, NSW
  • carbon and co-benefits monitoring for carbon forest projects, Papua New Guinea
  • portfolio development for carbon forest projects, Indonesia 
survey and experimental design projects vary in size
turnaround is weeks to months
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Environmental policy development and review

alloporus provides evidence-based environmental policy development and evaluation for jurisdictions where policy instruments are technical or benefit from independent evaluation and review

previous policy evaluations include
  • tourism policy, Government of Botswana
  • biodiversity legislation review, NSW Government  
  • review of Environmental Outcomes Assessment Methodology, NSW Government
  • Private Native Forestry legislative review, NSW Government

from 2 to 10+ days work
turnaround is weeks to months
please contact us for a quote