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Data Monitoring

Ecological Statistics

  1. José E. Rodríguez

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vad003.pub2

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Rodríguez, J. E. 2013. Data Monitoring . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 2.

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  1. Universidad de Guanajuato, México

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  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


The monitoring air, water, soil, or biota is the practice of sampling systematically these environmental elements. Thus, in the Environmental Sciences, the data monitoring denotes the data obtained by sampling systematically the environment. The primary purposes of data monitoring are, among others, the detection of levels of air pollutants, the detection of trends, and the elaboration of spatial and temporal summaries. Additional purposes include the estimation of the indexes of air quality or the support of a database for the application of environmental policies and regulations.


  • environmental data monitoring;
  • environmental sampling;
  • trend detection;
  • periodic sampling;
  • design of monitoring networks