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Statistical approaches used to assess and redesign surface water-quality-monitoring networks

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Abstract

An up-to-date review of the statistical approaches utilized for the assessment and redesign of surface water quality monitoring (WQM) networks is presented. The main technical aspects of network design are covered in four sections, addressing monitoring objectives, water quality variables, sampling frequency and spatial distribution of sampling locations. This paper discusses various monitoring objectives and related procedures used for the assessment and redesign of long-term surface WQM networks. The appropriateness of each approach for the design, contraction or expansion of monitoring networks is also discussed. For each statistical approach, its advantages and disadvantages are examined from a network design perspective. Possible methods to overcome disadvantages and deficiencies in the statistical approaches that are currently in use are recommended.

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The article was received on 13 May 2009, accepted on 27 Aug 2009 and first published on 05 Oct 2009


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B909521G
J. Environ. Monit., 2009,11, 1915-1929

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    Statistical approaches used to assess and redesign surface water-quality-monitoring networks

    B. Khalil and T. B. M. J. Ouarda, J. Environ. Monit., 2009, 11, 1915
    DOI: 10.1039/B909521G

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