16 June 2008

Lecture on Applied Geostatistics


Recent Development in Applied Geostatistics:
Going Beyond the Generation of Pretty Color Maps


Pierre Goovaerts

BioMedware, Inc.

516 North State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA

Since its early development for the assessment of mineral deposits, geostatistics has been used in a growing number of disciplines dealing with the analysis of data distributed in space and/or time. Nowadays, geostatistical techniques are routinely used for spatial interpolation of point measurements in diverse fields ranging from earth and atmospheric sciences, to agriculture, soil science, environmental and health studies. The end-product of most geostatistical studies is thus a pretty colour map that displays smooth changes in kriging estimates. This seminar aims to demonstrate that geostatistics is not confined to kriging but offers a vast array of applications that keeps expanding with recent methodological and computational developments. The first part will present an overview of geostatistical tools available for processing space-time data and their application to three environmental data sets: soil dioxin around an incinerator, arsenic in groundwater across Michigan, and air pollutants in LA area. This will be followed by a presentation of recent applications of geostatistics in medical geography or spatial epidemiology, which is concerned with the study of spatial patterns of disease incidence and mortality and the identification of potential “causes” of disease, such as environmental exposure or socio-demographic factors.

Dr. Goovaerts will present a workshop for a limited number of people on June 24th. If you are interested in attending please register with Peter Oudemans at oudemans@aesop.rutgers.edu. You can also find out more about the software Dr. Goovaerts has developed and will be discussing at http://www.terraseer.com/products_stis.php.

Seminar: June 24, 2008, 10:30-11:30am

Workshop: June 24, 2008, 2:00-5:00pm

Room 223 Environmental Science Building

1 comment:

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