Sampling Strategies for Natural Resources and the Environment

Timothy G. Gregoire, Harry T. Valentine

July 12, 2007 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 494 Pages - 85 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781584883708 - CAT# C3707
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Applied Environmental Statistics


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  • 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.