Geostatistics is the application of statistical methods to geo-referenced data, that is,
observations from known locations, usually with reference to the Earth's surface. Non-spatial
exploratory, descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as sampling designs, must be
adapted to account for the known spatial relation between observations. This leads to
interesting, sophisticated statistical methods, some of which are well-established, and
others of which are subjects of active research. A wide variety of applications have been
developed for earth sciences such as geology, soil science, hydrology, climatology, and also
for social sciences such as epidemiology and social geography. Most of the techniques would not
be possible without geostatistical computing.
Geo-information and development-relevant applications are two pillars of ITC's mission,
and geostatistics stands firmly at their intersection. This portal is designed to provide
a structured and informative entry into the vast literature of geostatistics and
geostatistical computing. We've tried to categorize, prioritize, and comment on key
literature which is available through the ITC library.