TR 60 - A Framework for Development of Data Analysis Protocols for Ground Water Quality Monitoring, N.C. Adkins, June 1993

Protocols for field sampling and laboratory analysis are used on a routine basis to produce reliable ground water quality data. Efforts are now being focused on providing decision makers with the information they need from that data. One method of extracting information from data is statistical analysis. There are, however, no widely accepted protocols for statistically analyzing water quality data. Due to the wide variety of field conditions encountered in ground water monitoring, a general protocol would be of limited use. What is needed is a set of guidelines for writing data analysis protocols which are site specific. A framework for developing data analysis protocols is presented in this report. The framework is essentially a "how-to" manual for protocol writers. The focus of the framework is analysis of ground water quality data at hazardous waste facilities.