Rapid Assessment Methods
The Rapid Assessment Method (RAM) developed and implemented is referred to as MidTRAM, or the Mid Mid-Atlantic Tidal Rapid Assessment. This method can be performed by a team of two individuals in 2 hours once they are on site, and is only to be implemented by trained users. MidTRAM should be assessed at a minimum of 30 sites to characterize a watershed. Briefly, during a MidTRAM assessment, an assessment area is established, and the site is assessed with respect to buffer attributes, hydrology, and plant communities. MidTRAM version 2 included assessment metrics for buffers, hydrology, and habitat. MidTRAM version 3 also includes a shoreline stability metric. Each metric is scored between 3 and 12 and then combined into attribute scores.The overall MidTRAM score is then a weighted average of the Buffer, Hydrology, Habitat, and Shoreline Scores, shown below.