Data Management

PhycoTech is now utilizing its proprietary data management software, the ASA System. The new program not only tracks samples from receipt to data delivery within the same software program, but also provides significantly more information for each sample. With ASA, we are able to provide not only biovolume estimates, but volume and surface area estimates as well. We will also now be providing data summaries on phyla, division or class level automatically, depending on the analysis requested. In addition, our new program has the capability to calculate over 89 different diversity indices and summary statistics, including Shannon, Maragalef and Berger-Parker Diversity measures, Species Richness and Evenness, Pollution Tolerance for diatoms and invertebrates, Environmental Tolerance for algae, Siltation Index for diatoms, Palmer Index, Nyggards Quotients, ACC:CMN for diatoms, and EPT for invertebrates, in addition to others. All taxonomic information from organism down to coloniality and structure will be provided in the data set.