Statistics for Geography & Environmental Science

By Richard Harris & Claire Jarvis
August 2011
Pearson Education
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9780131789333
262 pages, Illustrated
$72.50 Paper Original

Statistics are important tools for validating theory, making predictions and engaging in policy research. They help to provide informed commentary about social and environmental issues, and to make the case for change. Knowledge of statistics is therefore a necessary skill for any student of geography or environmental science.

This textbook is aimed at students on a degree course taking a module in statistics for the first time. It focuses on analysing, exploring and making sense of data in areas of core interest to physical and human geographers, and to environmental scientists. It covers the subject in a broadly conventional way from descriptive statistics, through inferential statistics to relational statistics but does so with an emphasis on applied data analysis throughout.


Chapter 1 Data, statistics and geography

Chapter 2 Descriptive statistics

Chapter 3 The Normal curve

Chapter 4 Sampling

Chapter 5 From description to inference

Chapter 6 Hypothesis testing

Chapter 7 Relationships and Explanations

Chapter 8 Detecting and managing spatial dependency

Chapter 9 Exploring spatial relationships


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