[MARMAM] New paper on PAM: From clicks to density

Kyhn, Line Anker lky at dmu.dk
Wed Jan 18 00:25:18 PST 2012

Dear colleagues

You may find our recent article in Journal of Acoustical Society of America interesting:
>From echolocation clicks to animal density-Acoustic sampling of harbor porpoises with static dataloggers

By Kyhn, LA, Tougaard, J, Thomas, L, Duve, LR, Stenback, J, Amundin, M, Desportes, G & Teilmann J.

Monitoring abundance and population trends of small odontocetes is notoriously difficult and labor intensive. There is a need to develop alternative methods to the traditional visual line transect surveys, especially for low density areas. Here, the prospect of obtaining robust density estimates for porpoises by passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) is demonstrated by combining rigorous application of methods adapted from distance sampling to PAM. Acoustic dataloggers (T-PODs) were deployed in an area where harbor porpoises concurrently were tracked visually. Probability of detection was estimated in a mark-recapture approach, where a visual sighting constituted a "mark" and a simultaneous acoustic detection a "recapture." As a distance could be assigned to each visual observation, a detection function was estimated. Effective detection radius of T-PODs ranged from 22 to 104 m depending on T-POD type, T-POD sensitivity, train classification settings, and snapshot duration. The T-POD density estimates corresponded to the visual densities derived
concurrently for the same period. With more dataloggers, located according to a systematic design, density estimates would be obtainable for a larger area. This provides a method suitable for monitoring in areas with densities too low for visual surveys to be practically feasible, e.g., the endangered harbor porpoise
DOI: 10.1121/1.3662070
URL: http://link.aip.org/link/?JAS/131/550

Please don't hesitate to email for a pdf version, if needed.

Best wishes for the new year,


Line A. Kyhn
Scientist, Ph.D., Biologist
BioScience, Aarhus University
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DK-4000 Roskilde
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Mail: lky at dmu.dk
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