Section I: Tools and Skills

In this TOOLS AND SKILLS chapter, we sort through the analytical toolbox used by environmental scientists, managers and decision makers to summarize a few of the key approaches.  These are among the most common techniques used in the fields of environmental science and natural resource monitoring and management.  At a minimum, you should know what these techniques are and understand how they can be used to help analyze, monitor and solve environmental problems.

At this site you will find additional information to help you understand and practice many of the concepts and techniques presented in the text.  This includes links to helpful web sites that provide an additional overview of the basic concepts, tutorials on the skills and analyses presented, links for more information, and downloadable data sets for practice.

Chapter 1.2: Critiquing The Statistics You Encounter

Chapter 1.3: Experimental Design and Sampling

Chapter 1.4: Describing and Visualizing Data

Chapter 1.5: Examining Relationships: Correlations

Chapter 1.6: Testing for Differences Between Means: t-tests and ANOVA`s

Chapter 1.7: Making Predictions: Regression Analyses

Chapter 1.8: Chi-square (ᵡ2) Test

Chapter 1.9: Carbon Footprints

Chapter 1.10: Ecological Footprints

Chapter 1.11: Cost Benefit Analyses

Chapter 1.12: Environmental Risk Assessments

Chapter 1.13: Life Cycle Assessments

Chapter 1.14: Geospatial Analyses

Chapter 1.15: Communicating Like a Professional