chapter  28
Spatio-Temporal Geostatistical Kriging
ByEric Miller
Pages 16

Natural phenomena, such as those found in hydrology, geology, meteorology and oceanography, are inherently four-dimensional in nature having characteristics represented in both space and time. A rising awareness of the complexities of natural phenomena is providing an impetus to understand spatial and temporal patterns associated with these processes (Miller, 1997). Effective analysis of these patterns requires several components including an accurate understanding of the given processes, an integrated set of tools for handling and organising large volumes of spatially and temporally referenced information, and detailed and accurate sampled observations. A formidable obstacle that stands in the way of this analysis, however, is the unfortunate realisation that, to date, none of these components fully exist.