Analysis of Spatial Variability

  • Simon W. Houlding


Once we have assembled all of the available investigation information into appropriate data structures, as discussed in Chapter 4, we are ready for the information review and analysis step. The principal objective is to obtain an in- depth appreciation of the available information that will dictate the course of the characterization process. The primary tools available for this purpose are visualization, statistical analysis and spatial variability analysis. Visualization techniques and statistical analysis are familiar to most of us and are not discussed in detail here; the case studies presented in Part II contain many examples. On the other hand, spatial variability analysis (or geostatistics as it is commonly called) is less familiar, particularly to those of us outside the mining sector. This is the principal focus of this chapter.


Spatial Variability Prediction Technique Piezometric Head Benzene Concentration Determinate Trend 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Clark I (1979) Practical geostatistics. Applied Science Publishers, London pp 11Google Scholar
  2. Englund E J (1990) A variance of geostatisticians. J Math Geol 22(4):417–455CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Isaaks E H, Srivastava R M (1989) Applied geostatistics. Oxford University Press, New York pp 140, 369Google Scholar
  4. Matheron G F (1970) La théorie des variables régionalisées et ses applications. Tech rep fascicule 5, Les Cahiers du Centre de Morphologie Mathématique de Fontainebleu, École Supérieure des Mines de ParisGoogle Scholar
  5. US Environmental Protection Agency (1991) GEO-EAS user’s guide. Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory, US EPA, Las Vegas pp 4.1Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon W. Houlding
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.BurnabyCanada
  2. 2.LYNX Geosystems Inc.VancouverCanada

Personalised recommendations