Statistical Solutions to Environmental Problems

News & Updates

Social 'Science' - Science No More!
18 March, 2015 
This is not a bad dream - the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology has banned the use of statistical inference!

CSIRO and the Gutting of Wisdom
21 December, 2014 
Read Bridie Smith's story about the impact of funding cuts to the CSIRO.

Hello 2015. Goodby Linkedin
January 2, 2015 
Have you stopped to think about the actual value YOU derive from having a Linkedin account?

Statistical Janitorial Services
December 31, 2014 
We've written about BIG data before and while some reckon it's sexy, you better roll up your sleeves because you'll invariably need to do a lot of 'janitorial' (a.k.a. shit) work first!

The problems of very small n
December 4, 2014 
Professors Murray Aitkin and David Fox are invited speakers at the Australian Applied Statistics Conference (AASC) 2014.

BIG data is watching you
November 6, 2014 
Ron Sandland recently wrote about the new phenomenon of 'big data' - weighing up the benefits and concerns. Terry Speed reflected on the same issue in a talk earlier this year in Gothenburg, Sweeden noting that this is nothing new to statisticians. So what's all the fuss about?
Here's another take on the 'big data' bandwagon.

New Method for Water Quality Guideline Calculations
Sep 15, 2014 
The ANZECC (2000) Guidelines are currently being reviewed.

The Explosive Growth of R
Sept 3, 2014 
Have no doubts - R reigns supreme!!

R - the Wikepedia of statistical software?
August 20, 2014 
The R computing environment is feature-rich, incredibly powerful, and best of all - free! But to what extent can we trust user-contributed packages?

Let there be light!
May 22, 2014 
New Industry Standard for managing seagrasses during dredging projects.

Statistical Accreditation
May 20, 2014 
Make sure you're dealing with someone who knows their stuff!

Job losses at CSIRO bigger than expected
May 15, 2014 
Confirmed in a message yesterday from CSIRO Chief Executive, Megan Clark:

Australian Science takes a hit
May 15, 2014 
Joe Hockey's budget has not been kind to science

Information-gap decision theory creates a gap in ecological applications and then fills it
May 14, 2014 
You may not of heard of Info Gap Decision Theory (IGDT) but don't worry, not many people have.

Probability Weighted Indicies for Improved Ecosystem Report Card Scoring
May 09, 2014 
A new way for calculating an environmental index is described in an upcoming paper "Probability Weighted Indices for improved ecosystem report card scoring" has been published in Environmetrics. Click here.

New Report on Ecosystem Report Cards
April 4, 2014 
'Report Cards' and their associated scoring techniques are widely used to convey a measure of overall ecosystem health to a wide audience. However, as with most things, developing, testing and validating these metrics is not straightforward.

Revision of Australian Water Quality Guidelines
March 27, 2014 
The long-awaited review of the ANZECC/ARMCANZ (2000) Water Quality Guidelines is now well under way!

Turbidity Monitoring clouded by dubious science
February 17, 2014 
Regulators and industry around the country are using a potentially flawed method to set environmental limits on water column turbidity.

Breaking down the team barrier
21 January, 2014 
New research suggests that team effectiveness may actually benefit from tension and hostility.

Mathematics of Planet Earth
May 30, 2013 
Local and international experts come together to discuss how mathematical and related scientific disciplines can be utilised to better understand the world around us.

Canadian Environmental Science and Regulation under threat
12 April 2013 
The Canadian Federal Government is making drastic reductions in the reach and capabilities of its environmental science departments.  Read Peter Wells's Marine Pollution Bulletin article.

High Impact
15 March 2013 
The peer-reviewed journal "Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management" (IEAM) lists Fox (2012) as one of its most accessed articles in 2012.

New Predictive Capability for Dredging projects
29 November 2012 
Environmetrics Australia has developed a unique water column turbidity and benthic light forecasting system.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Statistical Science for Environmental Management

Environmetrics Australia
is a small niche company, nationally and internationally recognised for its delivery of advanced mathematical and statistical services in support of better environmental monitoring, sampling and assessment.

Scientific staff have advanced degrees  (masters and/or PhD.) in statistics coupled with extensive applied experience gained from working on major environmental projects of national and international significance.


  • Ecotoxicology - we collaborate with international research teams to advance the efficacy of quantitative ecotoxicology. Our work is published in leading international journals and has had a significant impact on contemporary methods. We work closely with water utilities and natural resource managers to help make more informed and reliable decisions about toxicants in the natural environment.
  • Development of forecasting systems to predict water column turbidity and benthic light for major dredging projects (see news item on left sidebar).
  • The design, evaluation, and placement of environmental monitoring networks. For water quality, this is relevant to the cost-effective management of sediments, nutrients, and salinity. For air quality, this involves the siting of individual monitoring stations to 'optimize' the network.
  • Robust statistical methods for the estimation of sediment and nutrient loads.
  • The development of 'smart' autosamplers for measuring sediment and nutrient loads in rivers, streams, and drains. We have developed advanced statistical algorithms that result in up to 90% reduction in monitoring effort with little loss of statistical accuracy or precision.
  • Environmental risk assessment - our staff are recognised world experts in quantitative ecological risk assessment.

Short-Courses in Environmetrics

Environmetrics Australia provides specialised training in contemporary statistics for environmental researchers, managers, and technicians. Our flagship short-course 'Introductory Environmetrics' has been enthusiastically embraced by natural resource management agencies around Australia.

Other specialised courses in ecotoxicology, spatial statistics, time-series modeling, and Bayesian networks are also available.

For all enquiries, please contact us.