Environmental Information


October 5, 2010, 9:22 pm

Term origin and description

Environmetrics is the term coined by Prof. Philip Cox in 1971 at Iowa State University in the title proposal submitted to the NSF, and used again by Cox later in a session on Statistics in the Environmental Research at the 1972 meeting of the Biometric Society, for a statistical solution to environmental phenomena. The term was independently reborn in a discussions within the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences in 1976-1977, and in testimony before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Environment and Atmosphere.[1]  Later it become the title of a technical journal, an international society and a name of consulting services or symposium meetings. Econometrics is also used as a name of statistical course at colleges or universities teaching statistical methods for environmental and ecological sciences, including nonlinear regression, generalized linear models, spatial analysis, temporal analysis, meta-analysis, quantitative risk assessment.

Environmetrics finds its roots in the global and diverse measurements of natural phenomena in an attempt to understand the natural world. It can be understood as a branch of science with special demands upon mathematics, statistics, modeling and environmental science.

Other applications of the term


Environmetrics[2] is the official journal of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES). It is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes refereed papers on the development and application of quantitative methods in the environmental sciences. The scope covers a broad range of statistical, mathematical and engineering topics dealing with the analysis of environmental changes and their impacts on humans and various life forms and ecological relationships. Therefore, the journal welcomes a wide diversity of applications in such areas as water and air quality, regulation and control, risk and impact analysis, waste management, transboundary pollution, health aspects of pollution, monitoring, field and laboratory quality control and climatic changes. In addition to publishing significant research and review papers, Environmetrics publishes book reviews, software reviews, descriptions of data sources and notices of general interest.

The International Environmetrics Society

The International Environmetrics Society[3] (TIES) is a non-profit organization aimed to foster the development and use of statistical and other quantitative methods in the environmental sciences, environmental engineering and environmental monitoring and protection. To this end, the Society promotes the participation of statisticians, mathematicians, scientists and engineers in the solution of environmental problems and emphasizes the need for collaboration and for clear communication between individuals from different disciplines and between researchers and practitioners. The Society further promotes these objectives by conducting meetings and producing publications, and by encouraging a broad membership of statisticians, mathematicians, engineers, scientists and others interested in furthering the role of statistical and mathematical techniques in service to the environment.


  1.  ^ Hunter J.S. 1994.Environmetrics: An emerging science. In. G.P. Patil & C.R. Rao (eds). Handbook of Statistics. Vol. 12. Elsevier Science B.V.:1-7.
  2.  ^ Environmetrics
  3.  ^ The International Environmetrics Society




Bledzki, L. (2010). Environmetrics. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/152640


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