Geostatistics Research

R software for robust geostatistical modelling of soil survey and monitoring data

Most of geostatistical software, available either commercially in GIS or in statistical software packages or as open source software (e.g. in R, cf. rely on non-robust algorithms. This is unfortunate, because outlying obs.
  • Research team : Andreas Papritz, Cornelia Schwierz, Armin Keller (Swiss Soil Monitoring Network, NABO), Kirsten Rehbein (NABO) in collab. with Hans R. Künsch & Werner A. Stahel (Seminar für Statistik, ETH Zürich)
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  • Funding : Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
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Mapping of organic carbon pools in Swiss forest soils


Quantifying carbon (C) pools and fluxes in terrestrial ecosystem has become a major interest in the context of climate change policy. Compared to oceans, forest ecosystems store only a marginal amount of carbon, but take a most active part in i.

  • Research team : Andreas Papritz (STEP), Madlene Nussbaum (STEP), Andri Baltensweiler (WSL), Lorenz Walthert (WSL)
  • Funding : Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
  • Students : -

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Anything new about stirling engines in Cal?

Looking for an update. Everything I find from google news is almost a year old. This is from the stirling engine deal with Southern Edison to build a 500MW plant outside of LA.
What geographical areas are best suited for a solar dish farm?
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The cost of living and job markets are better than the national average, but the best job strategy is not to go for averages, but look at your specific skills and experiences, figure out which careers that relates to, and then go to that geographical area:
technology - Silicon Valley
finance - New York
There are other factors to consider. How important are mountains? the ocean? good weather? I have met many midwesterners in Acapulco during the winter, and none ever told me
"I got to get back to Omaha. I just miss those snow covered plains."

4,000 Year Old Greenlander

by BurpBoohickie

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have sequenced the DNA from four frozen hairs of a Greenlander who died 4,000 years ago in a study they say takes genetic technology into several new realms.
Surprisingly, the long-dead man appears to have originated in Siberia and is unrelated to modern Greenlanders, Morten Rasmussen of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues found.
"This provides evidence for a migration from Siberia into the New World some 5,500 years ago, independent of that giving rise to the modern Native Americans and Inuit," the researchers wrote in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature

Solar study: U of M students seek state's sunniest places  — Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews
The students are using geographic information systems technology and Lidar data, which is 3D aerial imaging of the Earth's surface, gathered by aircraft with laser-based technology, the students note in a 10-minute video that explains the project (below).

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