Improved estimation and prediction for computationally expensive ecological and paleoclimate models
In this dissertation, we present statistical methods to evaluate estimation and prediction performance for applied ecological problems. We explore a variety of applied problems and, within this context, we investigate how each method performs. We evaluate empirical performance of a model-based estimator of mean percent canopy cover using a representative United States Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis dataset. For two paleoclimate reconstructions, we develop novel modeling methodologies and evaluate model performance using both resampling and simulation methods. In each application, ...
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