Basic Steps in Geostatistics: The Variogram and Kriging

  • Margaret A. Oliver
  • Richard Webster

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Agriculture book series (BRIEFSAGRO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Margaret A. Oliver, Richard Webster
    Pages 1-9
  3. Margaret A. Oliver, Richard Webster
    Pages 11-13
  4. Margaret A. Oliver, Richard Webster
    Pages 15-42
  5. Margaret A. Oliver, Richard Webster
    Pages 43-69
  6. Margaret A. Oliver, Richard Webster
    Pages 71-83
  7. Margaret A. Oliver, Richard Webster
    Pages 85-94
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 95-100

About this book


This brief will provide a bridge in succinct form between the geostatistics textbooks and the computer manuals for `push-button' practice.  It is becoming increasingly important for practitioners, especially neophytes, to understand what underlies modern geostatistics and the currently available software so that they can choose sensibly and draw correct conclusions from their analysis and mapping.   The brief will contain some theory, but only that needed for practitioners to understand the essential steps in analyses. It will guide readers sequentially through the stages of properly designed sampling, exploratory data analysis, variography (computing the variogram and modelling it), followed by ordinary kriging and finally mapping kriged estimates and their errors. There will be short section on trend and universal kriging.  Other types of kriging will be mentioned so that readers can delve further in the substantive literature to tackle more complex tasks.


Field sampling Kriging Spatial analysis Spatial variation Variogram

Authors and affiliations

  • Margaret A. Oliver
    • 1
  • Richard Webster
    • 2
  1. 1.Soil Research CentreUniversity of ReadingReadingUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Rothamsted ResearchHarpendenUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-15864-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-15865-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-808X
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-8098
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