2003 Progress Report: Extension of Expertise on Design and Analysis to States and Tribes

EPA Grant Number: R829095C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R829095
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Space-Time Aquatic Resources Modeling and Analysis Program (STARMAP)
Center Director: Urquhart, N. Scott
Title: Extension of Expertise on Design and Analysis to States and Tribes
Investigators: Urquhart, N. Scott , Davis, Richard A. , Johnson, Stephen , Reich, Robin M.
Current Investigators: Urquhart, N. Scott , Davis, Richard A. , Johnson, Stephen , Stevens, Don L.
Institution: Colorado State University , Oregon State University
Current Institution: Colorado State University , Oregon State University , Water Quality Technology, Inc.
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2006
Project Period Covered by this Report: October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003
RFA: Research Program on Statistical Survey Design and Analysis for Aquatic Resources (2001) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Aquatic Ecosystems , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration , Water and Watersheds , Water , Ecosystems


The objectives of this research project are to: (1) identify and establish the statistical needs of personnel in State and Tribal environmental management agencies (target audience); and (2) prepare, and test various means (traditional, electronic, and web-based) of delivering relevant information to the target audience.

Progress Summary:

The first two units of the planned learning materials, on “Why Sample?” and “How to Sample”, were drafted and tested this year. The interface and preliminary content was tested at an evaluation gathering August 13, 2003 at Oregon State University. Summarization of the findings is in progress. Personnel affiliated with Colorado State University’s Office of Instructional Services assisted in the development of the materials; this collaboration will continue.

The tribal needs assessment by Water Quality Technology, Inc. has been completed. A copy of the assessment was forwarded to EPA and the report is available on the Web. Contacts were made with EPA personnel (Regions 8, 9, and 10; Western Ecology Division/National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory), and tribal representatives.

The Center Director participated in the all-hands meeting of the Atlantic Coast Environmental Indicators Consortium Estuarine and Great Lakes (EaGLes) Project in Charleston, SC, May 28 - 29, 2003. The Director also participated in the EaGLes Conference, Annapolis, MD, December 4-6, 2002. He gave a talk on metadata and participated in an evaluation of analyses of case studies.

The Director participated in the conference “Spatial Statistics: Integrating Statistics, GIS, and Statistical Graphics,” held October 17-19, 2002, in Seattle, WA. It was sponsored by the Statistics and Environment Section of the American Statistical Association and the National Research Center for Statistics and the Environment.

Future Activities:

The following activities are planned for the next reporting period:

  • Case studies will be developed and available for initial evaluation for next year’s conference.
  • The learning materials evaluation will be summarized and made available to interested parties.
  • The STARMAP Director will continue to coordinate outreach activities with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council, with several EaGLes Centers (ACE-INC, CEER-GOM, and GLEI), the Southern California Coastal Water Research Program, the San Francisco Estuary Institute, Oregon State University, and other agencies.
  • The Director will nurture contacts with various state and tribal entities as opportunities develop, including anticipated collaborations with the Northwest Tribal Water Quality Council, ORD’s Tribal Science Council, Office of Water’s Watershed Institute, and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.
  • Students will be involved in this project as appropriate; Gerald Scarzella, a Masters student in statistics at Colorado State University has been involved this year. His final exam is scheduled for November 11, 2003.
  • The Director will contact high school teachers of Advanced Placement statistics to facilitate recruitment of students into undergraduate statistics majors/concentration as part of an effort to eventually recruit more graduate students into environmental statistics. He will be assisted by Elizabeth Koehler, a CSU statistics undergraduate, in this effort.
  • The outreach effort will be documented in suitable outlets.

Journal Articles:

No journal articles submitted with this report: View all 59 publications for this subproject

Supplemental Keywords:

latent processes, Matern covariance function, model selection, remote sensing, sampling design, path analysis, kernel regression, thin plate splines, small area estimation, geographic information system, GIS, tessellation stratified sampling, water quality, land cover, land use, accuracy, precision, outreach, distance learning, Web-based learning, needs-based instruction, accommodating cultural differences, management, efficiency,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Aquatic Ecosystems & Estuarine Research, Aquatic Ecosystem, Environmental Monitoring, EMAP, ecosystem monitoring, spatial and temporal modeling, outreach and training, aquatic ecosystems, water quality, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, States and Tribes, modeling ecosystems, STARMAP

Relevant Websites:

http://www.stat.colostate.edu/starmap Exit

Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • 2002
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • 2005 Progress Report
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R829095    Space-Time Aquatic Resources Modeling and Analysis Program (STARMAP)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R829095C001 Combining Environmental Data Sets
    R829095C002 Local Inferences from Aquatic Studies
    R829095C003 Development and Evaluation of Aquatic Indicators
    R829095C004 Extension of Expertise on Design and Analysis to States and Tribes
    R829095C005 Integration and Coordination for STARMAP