Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Understanding Water Quality Statistics (AARDVARK)

Duration: 1 day

Delivery: Online (self-paced)

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Course details

Drawing on expertise from statistics specialists, water quality scientists and modellers, this course arms learners with the skills to quickly and easily visualise and analyse routine environmental, drinking water and effluent monitoring data, including through use of WRc's AARDVARK software.

Duration: 1 day

Delivery: Online (self-paced)

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This course is delivered though our online learning platform and is available to purchase per delegate/user via our online store.

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Course overview

This online course has been designed to provide water quality professionals with an accessible introduction to important statistical concepts, and to show how appropriate methods can be used to answer common questions such as:

  • Is water or effluent quality getting better or worse, or more or less variable?
  • What is the risk of non-compliance?
  • When have changes occurred and were they gradual or sudden?
  • Are we doing enough sampling…or too much?

Included within the material is training in the use of WRc's software package AARDVARK, which enables users to quickly and easily visualise and analyse routine environmental, drinking water and effluent monitoring data.

Students are able to follow the online programme at their own pace and in their own time, with concepts taught in bite-sized tutorials and reinforced by interactive practical sessions using real data. On completion of the course, each delegate will be have access to a one-to-one follow-up call, with an expert trainer and specialist in water quality statistics, to address any questions arising from the course.

    Who can benefit?

    Delegates may include professionals working in water quality, as well as others looking to expand their knowledge of statistical methods in relation to the water industry. The level of detail is suited to individuals who are already familiar with statistics, for example those with an analytical or statistical background, or who have completed a science, maths or engineering degree, or equivalent. 

    Relevant roles may include: water quality planners and modellers; catchment managers; water quality scientists; data analysts; regulatory compliance managers; and permitting officers. 

    Training outline

    Through easily-digestible tutorials and practicals, delegates will be armed with a toolbox of simple statistical methods and have the knowledge and skills to apply these in their day-to-day roles:

    • Essential statistical concepts
    • Characterising and quantifying water quality, as well as testing for changes over time
    • Dealing with common data quality problems and measuring uncertainty
    • Using the AARDVARK software package
    • Understanding water quality standards
    • Compliance assessment statistical theory and practice, including detecting non-compliance
    • Classifying environmental status
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        Really well presented course, done so in an accessible and encouraging manner which appealed to a variety of skill/knowledge levels.

        Course Delegate - "Water Quality Statistics using AARDVARK"

        It was extremely useful to anyone […] whose work involves compliance assessment (permitting, analysis, reporting, enforcement) and analysis of water quality data.

        Course Delegate - "Water Quality Statistics using AARDVARK"

        The content of the technical explanations was exceptional. It helped to gain a greater understanding of water quality statistics.

        Course Delegate - "Water Quality Statistics using AARDVARK"

        Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

        AARDVARK software

        Analyse Any Routine Data; Visually Acquire Real Knowledge

        The AARDVARK software package is a Catchment Management solution developed by WRc as part of a suite of statistical techniques and tools for the Environment Agency. Training in its use has been continually updated and delivered to hundreds of delegates.

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        Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

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