Introducing a novel approach to setting environmental pollution standards that allow for proper treatment of uncertainty and variation, this book surveys the forms of standards and proposes a new kind of "statistically verifiable ideal standard."
Setting Environmental Standards includes:
The issues discussed serve statisticians as well as those persons involved with environmental standards. Scientists in agencies responsible for setting standards, in organizations advising such agencies or working in industries subject to these standards, will find Setting Environmental Standards an invaluable reference.
Table of Contents
Setting Standards: Uncertainty and Variation
Overview of Environmental Standard Setting
Sources of Uncertainty and Variation
Representation of Uncertainty
Some Examples of Statistics at Work
Probability and Statistics in Standard-Setting
Basic Considerations in Setting Standards
Outline of This Chapter
Positioning a Standard
Ideal and Realizable Standards
Statistically Verifiable Ideal Standards
Analyzing Costs and Benefits
Current Approaches to Setting a Level
The Pollutant-Effect Relationship and Other Links
Links in the Chain
Describing and Measuring the Pollutant-Effect Relationship
Recent Major Reviews
Selective Overview of Recently Published on Pollutant-Effect Relationships
Some Current Less Formal Emphases for Analysing or Categorizing the Pollutant-Effect Relationship
Current and Developing Incorporation of Uncertainty and Variability in Standard-Setting
Statistical Pollution Studies Linked to Standards Interests
The Changing Scene: Attempts to Incorporate Statistical Arguments in the Setting of Standards
Current Standards: Examples
The Extent to Which Uncertainty and Variation Are Considered
Examples Where Quite Sophisticated Treatment of Uncertainty and Variation Is Employed
Examples Which Pay No Regard for Uncertainty and Variation
Conclusions: The Current Situation and a Forward Look
Broad Principles for Setting Sound Standards
The Present Situation
A Look Forward
Barnett, V; O'Hagan, A.
"This book is a report prepared for and at the request of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. The objective is to provide a critical review of the importance of, and the current status of treatment of, uncertainty and variation in environmental standard-setting…The book has six chapters and reflects the constructive and positive outcomes of the workshop."
--T. Postelnicu, Zentralblatt Matt, Vol. 942
"For environmental statisticians, the book will provide reinforcement of many of their own thoughts and initiatives, and, for other statisticians, it will provide an introduction to the topic in general…"
--S. R. Esterby, Short Book Reviews, for ISI