Learn to avoid sampling and modeling errors!
Understanding and improving sampling methods and the planning approach to sampling provides one of the best opportunities to improve sampling and analytical results. Every site is different, and the dynamic process of sample collection and analysis poses greater risk of error than laboratory results. Proper planning throughout the process can result in more accurate results and prevent wasted time and money.
The Environmental Sampling and Data Quality™ course is designed for those responsible for developing sampling plans, evaluating sampling results, assuring data quality, or performing field sampling. You will learn to select an appropriate sampling method, gain an understanding of the associated variables and common mistakes, and develop a scientifically and legally defensible sampling plan, including where applicable the use of statistics in the planning and assessment process.
The course is a combination of systematic training modules, practical exercises, and group discussions, to ensure you return to your organization with practical knowledge that can be applied immediately. Students are provided with handouts which can serve as a valuable desk reference.
Topics covered include:
- Sampling techniques overview
- Soil sampling
- Sediment sampling
- Surface water sampling
- Waste water sampling
- Groundwater sampling
- Air sampling
- Waste sampling
- Selecting a sampling methods
- Sampling plans
- Documenting the field effort
- Data verification and validation
- Basic environmental analytical chemistry
- Fundamental and descriptive statistics
- Hypothesis testing
- Modeling fundamentals
- Handling a clean air inspection
- Liability and enforcement
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