[MARMAM] Online distance sampling design,and simulation course

Len Thomas len.thomas at st-andrews.ac.uk
Sat Dec 19 07:00:39 PST 2020

Practical design and simulation to optimise distance sampling surveys
15th March 15:10 - 17:00 GMT 16th / 17th March 15:30 - 17:00 GMT

Distance sampling surveys are a common way to estimate marine mammal 
density and abundance. Visual line transect surveys of marine mammals 
are commonly conducted from aerial or shipboard platforms, while passive 
acoustic density estimation, using marine mammal vocalizations, is often 
based on point transect methods.  This online workshop will cover how to 
generate optimal distance sampling survey designs within budgetary and 
logistical constraints.  We will build on the design theory provided in 
our introductory workshops and look at how to optimise our design in 
real world settings. We will be considering how to get the most accurate 
/ precise results for our budget, while testing how robust our design is 
to departures from our design assumptions. We will be using our R 
package 'dssd' to generate surveys and then optimise them using our new 
simulation package 'dsims' (release date: 31st January 2021). Some of 
our examples will be drawn from real-world marine mammal surveys.

Discussions on the third day of the workshop will be tailored to 
participants own survey design challenges - sign up early and let us 
know about the survey you are planning!

More detailed course information can be found at: 

Feel free to contact the principal instructor Laura Marshall 
(lhm at st-andrews.ac.uk) for more information.

For information about other distance sampling workshops we are running, see

Len Thomas  len.thomas at st-andrews.ac.uk  lenthomas.org  @len_thom
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
and School of Mathematics and Statistics
The Observatory, University of St Andrews, Scotland KY16 9LZ
Office: UK+1334-461801  Admin: UK+1334-461842

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