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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR ARID RANGELANDS

Location: Range Management Research

Title: Sampling for natural resource monitoring: Book review

Author
item Herrick, Jeffrey

Submitted to: Soil Science Society of America Journal
Publication Type: Literature Review
Publication Acceptance Date: July 1, 2007
Publication Date: July 1, 2007
Citation: Herrick, J.E. 2007. Sampling for natural resource monitoring. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 71:1421.

Technical Abstract: Sampling for Natural Resource Monitoring provides a comprehensive introduction to natural resource sampling design for students, scientists and managers. The emphasis on cost analysis and optimization throughout the book is perhaps one of its greatest strengths. The explanations of two-phase and sequential designs suggest how these approaches could be used to reduce both sampling and analysis costs for many environmental studies. While some knowledge of statistics, including geostatistics, is necessary to understand the entire volume, much of the text is accessible and relevant even to those with little statistical training. It is impossible, however, for any book to comprehensively address this broad topic. There is little reference to the challenges associated with integrating remote sensing and ground-based sampling. Remote sensing is addressed only occasionally and there is relatively little consideration of how to deal with the unique characteristics of different types of imagery. One of the most significant limitations of the book is that it includes few quantitative examples. If used as the primary text for a sampling course, prerequisites should include an introduction to probability theory and at least a basic understanding of geostatistics. Instructors should also be prepared to develop examples to supplement the general explanations provided in the text.

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