The Marino Ballena National Park, near Bahía Ballena (Bay of Whales) in Costa Rica, is named after the humpback whales that migrate there each year to breed. These majestic mammals are vital to the community of Bahía Ballena, as many residents work as guides for whale-watching tours and dolphin encounters. However, in the last few years, residents and tour operators have noticed a drop in the number of whales spotted along the coast. Your organization is tasked with helping the community monitor whales and observe changes in their population over time to better understand the situation.
In these lessons, you'll use Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS to develop and publish a data-collection form that tour guides and boat captains can use to collect information about the type, number, and characteristics of marine species that they encounter. Earlier similar surveys often relied on pen-and-paper forms, which were less efficient and error-prone. Your survey will support multiple languages to serve the local population, which speaks English and Spanish. You'll publish the survey so that guides and captains can access it from their phones. You'll also add some test survey results to a web map and analyze the patterns in whale sightings.
|Create the whale survey||Download Survey123 and edit a spreadsheet to create the survey.||40 minutes|
|Publish the survey||Make your survey publicly accessible so tour guides and captains can use it.||20 minutes|
|Create an app||Add your survey results to a web map and use the map to build a web app.||40 minutes|
|Analyze survey data||Aggregate the survey result data to find spatial patterns in whale locations.||20 minutes|