Incremental Sampling

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Incremental sampling (IS) or incremental sampling methodology (ISM) is a sampling technique used to create a representative, homogeneous aliquot for lab analysis. It is typically a collection of replicate samples in the field (3 or more) to provide an estimate of total variability. Incremental sampling, sometimes called multi-incremental sampling, is intended to provide a more reliable estimate of the average concentration of a given analyte, especially useful for applications where the consistency of the sample area is in question and may be prone to a high sampling error.

ALS Environmental provides analytical techniques that support incremental sampling. Call to speak to a project chemist and learn more about how our lab can help you in incremental sampling.

Analytical testing dotsAdvantages of Incremental Sampling

  • Normalizes data distribution
  • Minimizes sampling and subsampling errors from non-uniform sample compositions
  • Reduces analytical testing costs (compared to requiring many discrete samples)

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Incremental Sampling Design

  • The sample mass should be 1kg or more in order to overcome compositional heterogeneity
  • 30 grabs is the minimum number of increments necessary to overcome distributional heterogeneity within the decision unit
  • ISM can be used to sample an area as small as 1 x 1 meter or as large as 100 x 100 meters

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