Spatio-Temporal Heterogeneity - Concepts and Analyses

Pierre R. L. Dutilleul 
Cambridge University Press  May 2011  

Hardback  416 pp  ISBN 9781107400351      £75.00

Paperback      £35.00
  • Accompanying CD-ROM with MATLAB and SAS codes to combine various statistical tools and aid analyses
  • Illustrated throughout with numerous figures, tables and worked examples to facilitate understanding and demonstrate applications to a broad range of subject areas
  • Provides a balanced treatment of concepts, methods and applications

Attempts by ecologists to establish models for predicting the growth of a population or the fluctuations of a natural resource can be confounded by environmental heterogeneity. Spatio-Temporal Heterogeneity explores a range of available statistical methods to help ecologists in the attempt to unravel complexities, demonstrating how to place these changes into an understandable statistical framework. It addresses several key questions, including how to interpret the parameters of statistical models in relation to the biological and environmental realities, how to design a study to collect the best sample data and how to avoid pitfalls in modelling, design, statistical assessment and interpretation. Dutilleul uses a variety of examples to facilitate understanding, from plant ecology, earth and atmospheric sciences, animal biology, forestry and limnology. The accompanying CD-ROM contains MATLAB and SAS codes to aid analyses.



  • Conceptual introduction
  • Spatio-temporal stochastic processes: definitions and properties
  • Heterogeneity analysis of spatial point patterns
  • Heterogeneity analysis of temporal and spatio-temporal point patterns
  • Heterogeneity analysis of point patterns: process modeling and summary
  • Heterogeneity analysis of time series
  • Heterogeneity analysis of spatial surface patterns
  • Heterogeneity analysis of spatio-temporal surface patterns
  • Sampling and study design aspects in heterogeneity analysis of surface patterns
  • Conclusions

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