Quantitative Analysis and Modeling of Earth and Environmental Data,
Edition 1 Space-Time and Spacetime Data Considerations
By Jiaping Wu, Junyu He and George Christakos

Publication Date: 03 Dec 2021

Quantitative Analysis and Modeling of Earth and Environmental Data: Space-Time and Spacetime Data Considerations introduces the notion of chronotopologic data analysis that offers a systematic, quantitative analysis of multi-sourced data and provides information about the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of natural attributes (physical, biological, health, social). It includes models and techniques for handling data that may vary by space and/or time, and aims to improve understanding of the physical laws of change underlying the available numerical datasets, while taking into consideration the in-situ uncertainties and relevant measurement errors (conceptual, technical, computational). It considers the synthesis of scientific theory-based methods (stochastic modeling, modern geostatistics) and data-driven techniques (machine learning, artificial neural networks) so that their individual strengths are combined by acting symbiotically and complementing each other.

The notions and methods presented in Quantitative Analysis and Modeling of Earth and Environmental Data: Space-Time and Spacetime Data Considerations cover a wide range of data in various forms and sources, including hard measurements, soft observations, secondary information and auxiliary variables (ground-level measurements, satellite observations, scientific instruments and records, protocols and surveys, empirical models and charts). Including real-world practical applications as well as practice exercises, this book is a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial of theory-based and data-driven techniques that will help students and researchers master data analysis and modeling in earth and environmental sciences (including environmental health and human exposure applications).

Key Features

  • Explores the analysis and processing of chronotopologic (i.e., space-time and spacetime) data that varies spatially and/or temporally, which is the case with the majority of data in scientific and engineering disciplines
  • Studies the synthesis of scientific theory and empirical evidence (in its various forms) that offers a mathematically rigorous and physically meaningful assessment of real-world phenomena
  • Covers a wide range of data describing a variety of attributes characterizing physical phenomena and systems including earth, ocean and atmospheric variables, environmental and ecological parameters, population health states, disease indicators, and social and economic characteristics
  • Includes case studies and practice exercises at the end of each chapter for both real-world applications and deeper understanding of the concepts presented
About the author
By Jiaping Wu, Professor, Zhejiang University, China; Junyu He, Research Associate, Zhejiang University, China and George Christakos, Professor, San Diego State University, USA and Zhejiang University, China
Book details
ISBN: 9780128163412
Page Count: 502
Retail Price : £99.95

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Graduate students in Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, GIS, and data analysis; GIS scientists, Earth Scientists, geographers