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Glossary of Terminology: Q

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Q-methodology - a research method used in social sciences to study people's "subjectivity" - i.e., their viewpoint. Q-methodology has been used as a research tool in a wide variety of disciplines including psychology, veterinary medicine, public health, rural sociology, and transportation

q. v. - which see (quod vide)

q.e. - which is (quod est)

Image of scientist conducting a quadrat survey

Scientist conducting a quadrat survey.


quadrat - a square or rectangular sampling unit of known area (e.g.,1 m2) within which organisms are counted or measured. Quadrats can be used to estimate the percent cover of each species or other reef components and obtain information about density, abundance, colony size, and biodiversity

quadrate - square-shaped

qualitative analysis - the analysis of a phenomenon to determine its qualitative characteristics versus its quantitative characteristics, i.e., characteristics for which precise numerical characterization is not appropriate

quanta meter - an instrument used to measure the number of photons

quantitative analysis - the analysis of a phenomenon that uses environmental variables represented by numbers or ranges, often accomplished by numerical modelling or statistical analysis

quantitative inheritance   - inheritance of measurable traits (height, weight, color intensity, etc.) that depend on the cumulative action of many genes.

quasi - as if; seemingly; in a manner

Quaternary period - the second period of the Cenozoic era containing the Pleistocene epoch and the Holocene epoch, and dating from 1.8 million years to the present