Statistical Procedures for Analysis of Environmental Monitoring Data and Risk Assessment (Ptr Environmental Management and Engineering Series, Vol 3)

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A text providing a basic presentation of the features of various statistical analysis procedures for students in environmental, civil, and mechanical engineering, as well as environmental scientists in chemistry, biology, and geology. The eleven chapters are divided into four sections: statistical measures and distributions, identifying system changes, hypothesis testing of environmental quality, and risk assessment and data management. End-of-chapter problems stress fundamentals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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For students and professionals in environmental, civil, and mechanical engineering, few tasks are as challenging as statistical analysis and interpretation.

In this book, two leaders in the field address these challenges head-on. They introduce each leading statistical analysis technique, downplaying mathematical notation in favor of sample environmental applications and explanations that make sense to non-statisticians. They also address common problems in data interpretation: small data sets; the need to correlate constituents to infill missing data or identify outliers; creating early warning systems with fewer "false positives", handling noise, and assessing risk.

Coverage includes:

  • Characterizing environmental quality data with Normal, Lognormal, and other distributions.
  • Characterizing coincident behavior using regression, correlation and multiple regression.
  • Multiple comparisons using ANOVA and associated parametric analysis techniques.
  • Testing differences between monitoring records when censored data records exist.
  • Focuses on "real-world" situations where data sets may be imperfect.

Reflecting decades of experience in the field, the authors also show how to use statistical analysis as the input to realistic risk assessment. In particular, they demonstrate simulation procedures for risk characterization, using sampling methodologies from probability distributions of data. Whether you are concerned with issues of air quality, surface water, groundwater, or soil contamination, the techniques covered in this book will be invaluable.

About the Author:

DR. EDWARD A. McBEAN is an Associate at Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, and President of CRA Engineering Inc. For more than 20 years, he has served on the faculties of the University of Waterloo and University of California, researching the challenges of interpreting environmental quality data.

FRANK A. ROVERS is President, Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, an environmental engineering company with more than 850 employees located in 29 offices. In more than 25 years in environmental engineering, he has been involved with the entire spectrum of environmental quality issues.

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