Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Solid Earth, 11, 2535–2547, 2020

Special issue: Faults, fractures, and fluid flow in the shallow crust

Solid Earth, 11, 2535–2547, 2020

Research article 23 Dec 2020

Research article | 23 Dec 2020

On a new robust workflow for the statistical and spatial analysis of fracture data collected with scanlines (or the importance of stationarity)

Andrea Bistacchi et al.

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We present an innovative workflow for the statistical analysis of fracture data collected along scanlines. Our methodology is based on performing non-parametric statistical tests, which allow detection of important features of the spatial distribution of fractures, and on the analysis of the cumulative spacing function (CSF) and cumulative spacing derivative (CSD), which allows the boundaries of stationary domains to be defined in an objective way.