WORKSHOP: Estimating Marine Mammal Abundance from Line Transect Surveys

The workshop “Estimating Marine Mammal Abundance from Line Transect Surveys” will be held during the Latin American Society of Aquatic Mammal Experts meeting in Valparaiso, Chile on the 26th and 27th of November 2016.

The principal instructor will be Prof Philip Hammond (University of St Andrews) Click here to view his bio.

This workshop will introduce participants to the methods used to estimate the abundance of marine mammals, especially cetaceans. Methodology will be presented in a statistical framework but the focus will be on practical application of the methods and analysis of the data, and on understanding and dealing with potential biases that arise from applying the methodology in practice.

Participants will spend much of the time doing practical exercises and will learn to use the analytical software DISTANCE for line transect sampling analysis. On successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to design, execute and analyse data from line transect surveys and understand how results can be used to inform conservation and management. More details about the program can be found here.

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