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This is a session of Topic 4: Statistics education/training and the workplace             Full topic list

(Thursday 6th, 10:30-12:30)

Statistics for Environmental Science



Although we have analyzed “environmental data” for decades, it has only been in the last twenty years that the area of “Environmental Statistics” has been formalized as a sub-discipline of Statistics. The initial step was taken in 1989 at the first “Environmetrics” conference in Cairo, where a group of scientists formed the “The International Environmetrics Society (TIES)” and adopted the Environmetrics Journal as the official journal of the society. The first volume of the journal appeared in 1989. The 1990s saw the increased development of complex new quantitative approaches in environmental sciences, and the creation of two other journals focusing on environmental statistics: the Journal of Environmental and Ecological Statistics (JEES, 1994) and the Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics (JABES, 1996) published jointly by the American Statistical Association and the International Biometric Society.

At the same time we have seen evidence of the rapid development in the area by the publication of hundreds of books that discuss topics related to the analysis of environmental data and the creation of several graduate programs offering degrees in the area of “Environmental Statistics”. There has also been a tremendous increase in statistical training courses for non-statisticians after recognizing the multi-disciplinary nature of the research in environmental sciences and the need for all scientists involved to have a common language and to develop proper statistical analysis in which to base sound environmental decision-making. This section will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the teaching and dissemination of statistical concepts in this exciting field and to find out about the challenges educators face when communicating complex quantitative methods to non-quantitative audiences.


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
4E1Introducing data analysis in a Statistics course in Environmental Science studiesCarmen Capilla (Spain)
4E3Teaching Statistics to Environmental ScientistsJennifer Ann Brown (New Zealand)
David Borchers
4E4Combining interactive visualization and Statistics to detect patterns in environmental dataJean-Yves Hervé (United States)
Qing Liu
Matthew Nicholson
Liliana Gonzalez (United States)
Thomas Mather