Disadvantages or limitations of measurement as data collection tool in fieldwork

measurement involves use of calibrated ( standardized ) and non-calibrated instruments like tape measure, weighing scales, ropes tins etc to establish/ investigate length, size, weight, area of geographical features in the field

the following are disadvantages or limitations of measurement as data collection tool in fieldwork

  • Where faulty/ out-dated tools are used, inaccurate information is got.
  • Use of non-calibrated tools result into getting inaccurate information
  • Measurements can be limited by inaccessibility due to obstruction by vegetation, steep slopes, wetlands and boggy soils
  • Abrupt weather changes e.g. rainfall leading to floods or slippery grounds
  • It requires some quantitative skills which some people don’t have. This may result into inaccurate information.

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