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Statistical Methods for Groundwater Monitoring 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470164969
ISBN-10: 0470164964
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"This book is an excellent supplementary text for courses on environmental statistics or reference for researchers and practitioners." (Book News, December 2009)

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A new edition of the most comprehensive overview of statistical methods for environmental monitoring applications

Thoroughly updated to provide current research findings, Statistical Methods for Groundwater Monitoring, Second Edition continues to provide a comprehensive overview and accessible treatment of the statistical methods that are useful in the analysis of environmental data. This new edition expands focus on statistical comparison to regulatory standards that are a vital part of assessment, compliance, and corrective action monitoring in the environmental sciences.

The book explores quantitative concepts useful for surface water monitoring as well as soil and air monitoring applications while also maintaining a focus on the analysis of groundwater monitoring data in order to detect environmental impacts from a variety of sources, such as industrial activity and waste disposal. The authors introduce the statistical properties of alternative approaches, such as false positive and false negative rates, that are associated with each test and the factors related to these error rates. The Second Edition also features:

  • An introduction to Intra-laboratory Calibration Curves and random-effects regression models for non-constant measurement variability

  • Coverage of statistical prediction limits for a gamma-distributed random variable, with a focus on estimation and testing of parameters in environmental monitoring applications

  • A unified treatment of censored data with the computation of statistical prediction, tolerance, and control limits

  • Expanded coverage of statistical issues related to laboratory practice, such as detection and quantitation limits

  • An updated chapter on regulatory issues that outlines common mistakes to avoid in groundwater monitoring applications as well as an introduction to the newest regulations for both hazardous and municipal solid waste facilities

Each chapter provides a general overview of a problem, followed by statistical derivation of the solution and a relevant example complete with computational details that allow readers to perform routine application of the statistical results. Relevant issues are highlighted throughout, and recommendations are also provided for specific problems based on characteristics such as number of monitoring wells, number of constituents, distributional form of measurements, and detection frequency.

Statistical Methods for Groundwater Monitoring, Second Edition is an excellent supplement to courses on environmental statistics at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also a valuable resource for researchers and practitioners in the fields of biostatistics, engineering, and the environmental sciences who work with statistical methods in their everyday work.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470164964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470164969
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,168,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EPA has foisted a war on the enviro world with RCRA stats guidance; lets statisticians into world they do not understand and stomps all over hydrogeochem expertise with mandated blithering nonsense. Gibbon et al are part of the charge and their book reflects the lust to colonize, early drafts show the rush, index not indexed, skimpy poor graphs and lots of filler tables of useless stats; but the main error is the substitution of stats for geochem judgement. You get an outlier, you used to do QA from lab report to re-analysis to resample if indicated; now you are supposed to do a Shewart-CUSUM chart (the fact it is a "chart" rather than a graph shows we are out of science and into the accountant world). The late Shewart himself acknowledged his "control charts" were designed for production monitoring not (and not appropriate to) description of the natural world. Now they are milking the seminar circuits. Now there are Vultures out there selling very costly packages. State agencies have taken this up for RCRA facilities groundwater and enact even more stupid rules: now you see control charts for water level. Watch for EPA to be repulsed on yet another misguided assault.
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This is certainly not a book that you can rely on for the statistical data analysis. Statistical formulations and tables seem to be associated with mathematical flaws. Most of the examples are vague and unable to provide a clear picture of the discussed subject matters. Furthermore, the index has not been updated for the current edition where the page numbers do not match the subjects in the book.I believe these types of reference books should be authored by people who have solid practical experience and knowledge of contaminant hydrogeology. At least, the authors should have consulted with professionals in this field before publishing the book. The subject sounds very impressive, but the entire book needs to be revised.
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A very useful book!
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