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Water Quality Monitoring Across the United States
STARMAP (Space-Time Aquatic Resources Modeling and Analysis Program) - Department of Statistics at Colorado State University
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    The information in these learning materials is presented in two formats:  Regular web-type files (*.htm or *.html), and as Portable Document Format (*.pdf).  The materials presented in web format have a heading like that on this page.  That presented as pdf has no such heading.  The way to navigate the material depends on which format the information is presented in.

WEB-LIKE:  The exact way to navigate a web document depends on what web browser you are using (such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, SeaMonkey, etc).  You can use the back and forward features of your browser, or of the presented pages.  Note the navigation bar below the STARMAP logo.  These materials are organized by sections and pages within section.  The left part of the navigation bar returns you to the main menu; the next part to a section menu when that exists.  On the right you can go forward or back one page.  
    The material on what and how to monitor resulted from a training session held at EPA's Western Ecology Division in June, 2004.  It is based on the PowerPoint slides presenters used.  The audio quality of their presentations was low, so their comments were transcribed into text, and were narrated.  The transcribed material appears on facing pages of the pdf document.  If you are viewing a pdf document and want to return to the browser-based navigation, either close your pdf viewer (such as Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader), or click on your browser icon on the windows program bar.

To best view the presentation and listen to the audio at your own pace, consider the following suggestions:
    •  Option 1: Set up your viewing screen to a 2-page layout, so that the text version of the audio accompanies its corresponding slide. Do this by clicking on the “Facing” button, located in the bottom right corner (the button on the far right).
    • Option 2: If you prefer not to have the accompanied text slides, then the click on the “Single Page” button in the bottom right corner (the button on the far left). This will set the viewing screen to show one page at a time, automatically enlarging the size of the slide that is shown.
  1. AUDIO:  In order to access the audio for a slide, double-click on the sound icon in the upper right corner of the slide. The audio selection for that slide will then play, as if you were in the room during a seminar or presentation. Once the audio for that particular slide is finished, it will automatically stop, and you can then proceed to the next slide. (Note: some slides do not have audio comments, and the available audio has not been completely included in this version of the learning materials.)  There appears to be no easy way to terminate the narration in most pdf viewers, so the developers inserted a second balloon below the first; it stops the narration.
  2. You can sequentially move on to the next set of slides by clicking the single right arrow button (not the arrow with the vertical line) located at the bottom of the screen, which corresponds to “Next Page.”
    •  If you would prefer to jump ahead in the presentation to a certain section, you can make use of the Bookmarks (which works like a table of contents).
    • To access the Bookmarks, click the “Bookmarks” tab, located on the top left of the screen, directly below the left edge of the toolbar. This will show the different presentations that were combined to make this one large presentation.
    • To access individual sections (if you want to go to a certain page in the document), click the “plus signs” associated with each presentation. After doing this, you should now be able to click on an individual heading and go to that page in the document.
    • Note: Every page in the presentation (excluding the text for the audio) has a relevant heading which should help you quickly access information on a specific topic.
    • Glossary/LinksThere may be some words or phrases that are unfamiliar to you,and you want a brief definition or explanation as to what it means.
      You can then look them up in the glossary, located at the end of the document, and accessible as a bookmark.  (Not all of the features listed below have been completely implemented in this version.)
      • A selection of words and phrases are linked to a glossary that you can access from anywhere in the document by clicking on that word or phrase. Otherwise, you can access the glossary by using the Bookmarks.
      • Another important feature of this presentation is the presence of links between pages. For example, say you were trying to access all the information regarding “Laying out the reach.”
      • You can use the Bookmarks to search through all the headings and find the ones that are related to “laying out the reach.” This will automatically move you to another page in the document that has a related topic.
  4. GLOSSARY:  Many words in the pdf form of these materials are linked to a master glossry, adapted from EMAP materials.  Underlined indicates words are that linked to the glossary.  When the mouse pointer moves over an underlined word, a short definition ordinarily will appear.  After a moment, the pointer may change to either a pointing finger or a triangular pointer over different parts of the same word.  Over the part indicated by the triangular pointer, a single click will give the longer definition for the same word.  A double click of the pointing finger will transfer you to the appropriate place in the whole glossary.

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