Statistical Tools for Environmental Quality Measurement

Statistical Tools for Environmental Quality Measurement

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When interpreting environmental data, scientists and engineers first must select the correct statistical tool to use for their analysis. By doing this they will be able to make sound decisions in their efforts to solve environmental problems. They need a detailed reference that points out the subtle differences between statistical procedures, making clear what procedure to use when trying to find the answer to a specific problem. Statistical Tools for Environmental Quality Measurement provides a detailed review of statistical tools used in analyzing and addressing environmental issues. This book examines commonly-used techniques found in USEPA guidelines and discusses their potential impact on decision-making. The authors are not constrained by statistical formalism; they advise when to go outside of standard statistical models when making difficult decisions. The content is presented in a practical style that prioritizes methods that work, based upon the authors' extensive experience. The text points out that simplicity facilitates effective communication of an analysis and decision to a "consumer" of statistics. The book emphasizes the exact question that each procedure addresses, so that environmental scientists and engineers can clearly identify precisely the question they want to ask, and correctly interpret the results. Featuresshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 161.5 x 240.8 x 19.3mm | 498.96g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Chapman & Hall/CRC
  • Boca Raton, FL, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 93 black & white illustrations, 22 black & white tables, 2 black & white halftones
  • 1584881577
  • 9781584881575

Review quote

"[This book provides] valuable insight into how to go about choosing from the wide variety of statistical methods available based on the researcher's particular question of interest. The topics covered in the second half of the book are particularly useful to deal with the more complex and discipline-specific questions that environmental researchers may consider on a regular basis. [B]oth undergraduate and graduate students, as well as environmental professionals . will find the authors' insights helpful. [A] valuable resource for students and professionals who have limited statistical training." - Journal of the American Statistical Association, Sept. 2004, Vol. 99, No. 467 "This book fulfills its stated aim of providing a discussion of statistical tools that can be useful in helping to solve environmental problems. a useful reference for professionals who are already working in the environmental sector." - Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Issue 167 (4) "Here, at last, is a modern book in statistics by two prominent members of the ASA's Section on Statistics and the Environment. .. an excellent book for an environmental scientists [It] has great examples, and it covers a lot of ground. probably now the best available book even for environmental scientists." - Technometrics, August 2004, Vol. 46, No. 3show more

Table of contents

Preface Sample Support and Related Scale Issues in Sampling and Sampling Design Basic Tools and Concepts-Description of Data Hypothesis Testing Correlation and Regression Tools for Dealing with Censored Data The Promise of the Bootstrap Tools for the Analysis of Spatial Data Tools for the Analysis of Temporal Datashow more