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Distance sampling: methods and applications

Distance sampling: methods and applications

Buckland, S. T. (Stephen T.), author; Marques, T. A., author; Rexstad, Eric A., author; Oedekoven, C. S., author

In this book, the authors cover the basic methods and advances within distance sampling that are most valuable to practitioners and in ecology more broadly. In this book, the authors cover the basic methods and advances within distance sampling that are most valuable to practitioners and in ecology more broadly. This is the fourth book dedicated to distance sampling. In the decade since the last book published, there have been a number of new developments. The intervening years have also shown which advances are of most use. This self-contained book covers topics from the previous publications, while also including recent developments in method, software and application.Distance sampling refers to a suite of methods, including line and point transect sampling, in which animal density or abundance is estimated from a sample of distances to detected individuals. The book illustrates these methods through case studies; data sets and computer code are supplied to readers through the book's accompanying website. Some of the case studies use the software Distance, while others use R code. The book is in three parts. The first part addresses basic methods, the design of surveys, distance sampling experiments, field methods and data issues. The second part develops a range of modelling approaches for distance sampling data. The third part describes variations in the basic method; discusses special issues that arise when sampling different taxa (songbirds, seabirds, cetaceans, primates, ungulates, butterflies, and plants); considers advances to deal with failures of the key assumptions; and provides a check-list for those conducting surveys

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Published ℗♭2015 Published Cham: Springer, [2015]

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Statement of responsibility: S.T. Buckland, E.A. Rexstad, T.A. Marques, C.S. Oedekoven
ISBN: 3319192191, 9783319192192
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xv, 277 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour)
Series: Methods in statistical ecology
Subject: Ecological science, the Biosphere; Sampling (Statistics); Science.; Probability & statistics; Botany & plant sciences; Medical research; Population biology Statistical methods.; Applied ecology; Zoology & animal sciences; Epidemiology & medical statistics
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Methods in statistical ecology.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783319192185


  1. Introduction.- The basic methods.- Designing surveys.- Designing distance sampling experiments.- Field methods and data checking.- Modelling detection functions.- Design-based estimation of animal density and abundance.- Model-based distance sampling: two-stage models.- Model-based distance sampling: full likelihood methods.- Variations on a theme.- Taxon-specific issues.- Exchanging assumptions for data.- Summary.