The Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental
Statistics (SSES) was established in 1999 in the
Department of Statistics at
The Ohio State University (OSU). The Program's vision is to
promote the Department of Statistics as an international leader in
research and education in Spatial Statistics and
The Program's mission is in
teaching, research, and science collaboration.
In teaching, the SSES Program
offers courses in both Spatial
Statistics (at the MS and PhD levels) and Environmental Statistics (at the MS
level) through the Department of Statistics; Masters and PhD
interdisciplinary seminar series; and discussion-group opportunities
in spatial statistics and environmental statistics.
In research, the SSES Program has emphasized the development of
statistical methodology and computational aspects of spatial and
spatio-temporal statistics. This methodology has been applied in
areas of "big science," such
as remote sensing of the earth on a global scale, regional climate
modeling in space and time, and Bayesian statistical exposure modeling
from sources to biomarkers. Other
research areas include spatial command and control, disease mapping,
medical imaging, ice-stream dynamics, and spatial data fusion. Funding from
grants in these areas is used to support Research Assistants,
Postdoctoral Fellows, and Visitors in the SSES Program.
In science collaboration, investigators in the SSES Program work with
scientists and engineers at The Ohio State University (OSU) and elsewhere on
problems that are of an environmental or spatial nature. Several of
the Program's collaborative projects are featured on the Web-Projects page. The Program's
expertise is available to OSU faculty and staff for consulting on
an occasional basis in areas that are substantially environmental or
spatial. The Program also
organizes seminar series with campus-wide appeal in the areas of
environmental and spatial science.
Mark Berliner is the Director of the Program and Terry England is
Program Assistant. Peter Craigmile, Noel Cressie, Tom Santner, and
Chris Wikle are Advisors
to the Program. Affiliates and other
participants in the Program are involved in various research
and collaborative projects.