- Offers a thorough treatment of probability sampling strategies for both discrete populations and continuums of natural and environmental resources
- Emphasizes designs that are applicable to the fields of ecology, forestry, natural resources, and environmental science
- Includes graphical displays of data throughout the text
- Provides a website that contains data for exercises
Written by renowned experts in the field, Sampling Strategies for Natural Resources and the Environment covers the sampling techniques used in ecology, forestry, environmental science, and natural resources. The book presents methods to estimate aggregate characteristics on a per unit area basis as well as on an elemental basis. In addition to common sampling designs such as simple random sampling and list sampling, the authors explore more specialized designs for sampling vegetation, including randomized branch sampling and 3P sampling.
One of the book's unique features is the emphasis on areal sampling designs, including plot/quadrat sampling, Bitterlich sampling, line intersect sampling, and several lesser known designs. The book also provides comprehensive solutions to the problem of edge effect. Another distinguishing aspect is the inclusion of sampling designs for continuums, focusing on the methods of Monte Carlo integration.
By presenting a conceptual understanding of each sampling design and estimation procedure as well as mathematical derivations and proofs in the chapter appendices, this text promotes a deep understanding of the underpinnings of sampling theory, estimation, and inference. Moreover, it will help you reliably sample natural populations and continuums.
This book was written by renowned experts in the field, and thus it is no surprise that they did an excellent job … The bibliography is very comprehensive, and the subject and author indexes are well designed. Numerous examples and exercises illustrate the theoretical developments … I am convinced that this book is absolutely worth having.
—Daniel Mandallaz, JASA, 2008
I expect to use Sampling Strategies for Natural Resources and the Environment for some of my environmental science and statistics classes and as a reliable professional reference for many years.
—Anthony J. Sadar, Pollution Equipment News, 2007