International Statistical Review

Environmental Statistics: Current and Future

Abdel H. El-Shaarawi and Jef Teugels

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Since 1900, statistics has prospered and established for itself a central place in science and technology, as can be seen from the wide application of its methods to almost all facets of life. The primary concern of statistics is to develop a logical and efficient system for information acquisition and analysis that is geared towards broad applications. Such a system has its roots and extensions in case studies from many scientific disciplines and in the collaboration between statisticians and other scientists. During the past three decades statisticians have become actively involved in the development and use of quantitative methods to understand and solve environmental problems. These activities are commonly called Environmetrics. In this paper we review the main features of current Environmetrics research and outreach activities. The paper is structured around typical examples drawn mainly from water quality and climate change to illustrate the type of problems involved, the statistical approaches used to address them, and the new statistical methods required for their solution. In addition we shall also briefly describe efforts made at the international level to link the statisticians working in the field together and with environmental scientists.

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Internat. Statist. Rev., Volume 73, Number 2 (2005), 233-236.

First available in Project Euclid: 4 August 2005

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El-Shaarawi, Abdel H.; Teugels, Jef. Environmental Statistics: Current and Future. Internat. Statist. Rev. 73 (2005), no. 2, 233--236.

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