Multivariate Geostatistics

Geostatistics definition

You need not be a statistician to make good use of geostatistics, but you may need the assistance, support, guidance of a (geo?)statistician. A good engineer, ecologist, biologist, plant scientist, hydrologist, soil physicist already has a good start, because geostatistics is only good science brought up to date by the recognition that natural phenomena are subject to spatial variation. Your study of geostatistics will not displace other knowledge that you have; rather, it will extend your knowledge and make it more useful.

(paraphrased from a quotation of William Edwards Deming)


The application of statistics to problems in geology and mining as well as to hydrology date back a considerable time. For a time, geostatistics meant statistics applied to geology or perhaps more generally to problems in the earth sciences. Beginning in the mid-60's and especially in the mid-70's it became much more closely affiliated with the work of Georges Matheron and perhaps that connection is still the prevailing one today. Because much of his early work and also that of his students appeared primarily in French it was not as well known in the US and other countries. Several events began to change that however. In 1975 a NATO ASI was held near Rome, Italy on Advanced Geostatistics in the Mining Industry. The proceedings contained papers that were primarily in English. This had been preceded by a set of notes (by Matheron) prepared for a summer program in Fontainebleau. These notes were in English but not readily available. A more definitive theoretical article appeared in the J. Applied Probability in 1973.

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