Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Spatial sampling

Date: 20 September 2021 - 23 September 2021
Location: Wageningen University

Sound sampling design is essential for the collection of data to support reliable scientific inference and decision making for management and policy. What counts as a sound design depends on the problem of interest, and the nature of the statistical inference that is required. Two broad aims can be distinguished, estimating the overall mean or total of a population, e.g. the total soil carbon stock in an area, and mapping. Estimating the means or totals of several subpopulations (subareas) is in between these two extremes. This course presents an overview of spatial sampling strategies for the full spectrum of aims. For estimating (sub)population means or totals probability sampling and design-based or model-assisted estimation is most appropriate, whereas for mapping probability sampling is not required, and there is scope to optimize the locations of the sampling points with a statistical model of the spatial variation.

In this course you will learn how to choose a sampling design that is most appropriate for the aim of your project. Theoretical concepts from classical sampling and geostatistics will be explained with a strong emphasis on practical application. In the course you will be provided with scripts for the free R platform, which will allow you to use the methods that are described to solve your sampling problems.

Course FrequencyOnce every two years
RequirementsBasic knowledge of R is required
Intended credits0.9 ECTS
Course organisationThe C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC)
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Former occurrences of this course:

  • 16-19 February 2021
  • 22-24 April 2015
  • 1-3 December 2014