Introduction—Looking Back and Moving Forward
There has been a remarkable expansion in the fields of geostatistics and spatiostochastic modeling during the decades spanning the advent of the new millennium. The nearly ubiquitous nature of spatial relationships across all disciplines and all walks of life is one of the most important scientific, social, and philosophical realizations of the era; and the evolution of thought and practice in geostatistics and spatiostochastic model reflects this newfound understanding. This chapter traces some of the major developments in these fields during this time frame, particularly in the geoscience context. It also presents a glimpse into the future regarding what geostatistics and spatiostochastic modeling might look like in the coming years.
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Since publication of the first volume of Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics in 1994, there has been an explosion of interest and activity in geostatistical methods and spatial stochastic modeling techniques. Many of the computational algorithms and methodological approaches that were available then have greatly matured, and new, even better ones have come to the forefront. Advances in computing and increased focus on software commercialization have resulted in improved access to, and usability of, the available tools and techniques. Against this backdrop, Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics Volume II provides a much-needed update on this important technology. As in the case of the first volume, it largely focuses on applications and case studies from the petroleum and related fields, but it also contains an appropriate mix of the theory and methods developed throughout the past decade. Geologists, petroleum engineers, and other individuals working in the earth and environmental sciences will find Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics Volume II to be an important addition to their technical information resources.