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Monitoring
The process of repetitive observation, for defined purposes, of one or more elements of the environment, according to prearranged schedules in space and time and using comparable methods for environmental sensing and data collection. Monitoring provides factual information concerning the present state and past trends in environmental behaviour (Based on UNEP definition). The term is also applied to compliance monitoring against accepted standards to ensure that agreed or required measures are followed. (Cf. 'surveillance').

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