Environmental statistics is the application of statistical modelling to environmental data. In statistical modelling we make the best use that we can of our scientific understanding of processes in the environment to predict how they behave and then use random variables to model those components of the process that we do not yet understand. This allows us to test our knowledge and also to make predictions from data with associated measures of uncertainty. This can help the scientist, policymaker and environmental manager, because it allows them to explore and understand the risk associated with different decisions that they have to make about processes with uncertain outcomes.
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