Optimal adaptive sequential spatial sampling of soil using pair-copulas

Musafer, G.N. & Thompson, M.H. (2016) Optimal adaptive sequential spatial sampling of soil using pair-copulas. Geoderma, 271, pp. 124-133.

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Abstract

A spatial sampling design that uses pair-copulas is presented that aims to reduce prediction uncertainty by selecting additional sampling locations based on both the spatial configuration of existing locations and the values of the observations at those locations. The novelty of the approach arises in the use of pair-copulas to estimate uncertainty at unsampled locations. Spatial pair-copulas are able to more accurately capture spatial dependence compared to other types of spatial copula models. Additionally, unlike traditional kriging variance, uncertainty estimates from the pair-copula account for influence from measurement values and not just the configuration of observations. This feature is beneficial, for example, for more accurate identification of soil contamination zones where high contamination measurements are located near measurements of varying contamination. The proposed design methodology is applied to a soil contamination example from the Swiss Jura region. A partial redesign of the original sampling configuration demonstrates the potential of the proposed methodology.

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ID Code: 93348
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pair-copula, Kriging, Non-linear spatial dependence, Adaptive sequential optimal design, Spatial sampling
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.02.018
ISSN: 0016-7061
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400) > Applied Statistics (010401)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Funding:
  • CRC ORE/P3C-030
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.02.018
Deposited On: 29 Feb 2016 23:38
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 18:33

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