This year’s survey sees the introduction of portable data recorders (similar to an extra-robust lap-top) and specially-developed software, to be used in all weathers by the surveyors. Previous Surveys saw surveyors struggling with numerous sheets of paper to record their findings, which then had to be transferred to computer back at base. Paper based recording was very difficult and awkward in bad weather, and transfer to computer was very labour intensive.
The new method of recording will hugely speed-up the whole process and allow the data analysis, data processing and the reporting to get underway much more quickly. It will also improve accuracy and data quality.