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Nonsampling Errors in Environmental Surveys

Citation

Lesser, Virginia M. & Kalsbeek, William D. (1999). Nonsampling Errors in Environmental Surveys. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, 4(4), 473-88.

Abstract

A number of probability surveys are in place in the United States to estimate and monitor changing conditions of ecological resources. The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) is a more recently created program designed to estimate and monitor changing conditions of ecological resources. Nonsampling errors, as well as sampling errors, need to be investigated to assess total survey error. Specifically, the impact of frame, measurement, and nonresponse errors encountered when monitoring various ecological resources are discussed. Examples of nonsampling errors encountered within the EMAP program are examined. Nonsampling errors will also be examined for two more established probability surveys monitoring ecological resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) June Enumerative Survey and the USDA's National Resources Inventory. Finally, the remedies to adjust for nonsampling errors in these environmental surveys are discussed.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1400503

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics

Author(s)

Lesser, Virginia M.
Kalsbeek, William D.

Year Published

1999

Volume Number

4

Issue Number

4

Pages

473-88

Reference ID

1347