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The ASTM Symposium on Statistics in Environmental Sciences appeared to be an appropriate forum for an effective dialogue for agencies, industries, and academia to do something together that should be timely, fruitful, and synergistic. A panel discussion on a much needed cooperative program on statistical ecology and environmental statistics for increased resource productivity and environmental protection was organized for the morning of the second day of the symposium program. The present article is especially prepared to report on the session with multifaceted discussion for the benefit of the wider readership.
The proposed cooperative program considers formulation of prototype and experimental programs, such as, cooperative centers for statistical ecology and environmental statistics to conduct collaborative research on contemporary quantitative studies and issues in statistical ecology and environmental statistics involving scientific and public policy research. The proposed cooperative program also needs to formulate mechanisms for effective communication and continuing dialogue, such as, a quarterly scientific newsletter, timely symposia and workshops, satellite courses, and conferences with emphasis on contemporary quantitative studies and issues in statistical ecology and environmental statistics.
statistical ecology, environmental statistics, resource productivity, environmental protection, cooperative research program, cooperative information transfer program, panel discussion
Professor of Mathematical Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.