Webinar: Advancing Marine Species Density Surface Modelling

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Len Thomas

May 6, 2022, 1:20:53 PMMay 6
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Dear distance-sampling list,

Below is notice of a free webinar on advances in density surface
modelling from line transect data. The application area focus is marine
mammals but the methods are relevant any taxon. Sign-up details below.

Best wishes, Len Thomas

Advancing Marine Species Density Surface Modelling
Webinar – 1st June 1100-1330 EST (1500-1630 UTC, 1600-1730 BST)

Following on from two successful workshops held at the Society for
Marine Mammalogy Conferences in Halifax and Barcelona, this 2.5 hour
webinar will provide a final summary of advancements made by the
US Navy-funded DenMod project team over the last four years on
analytical methods for density surface modelling.

To register for the webinar please follow this link*:
A link to join the webinar will be sent out to all registrants one week
in advance of the event.

Further information:
Density surface models (DSMs) attempt to describe animal distribution as
a function of spatially referenced variables. Data typically come from
visual line transect surveys, though other effort-indexed methods (i.e.,
passive acoustics) are emerging. Outputs include modelled relationships
between density and explanatory variables, maps of population density,
and stratified estimates of population size with uncertainty. These are
of practical use for marine spatial planning and impact assessment.

Many statistical approaches are available for density surface modelling.
This seminar is being hosted by those involved with the DenMod research
project, which has compared different density surface modelling
approaches, identified common ground and outstanding issues over the
last four years. This will be the final public dissemination event of
the DenMod project.

This webinar is relevant to researchers who build density surface models
and those who use DSM-predicted abundance and uncertainty estimates in
their work.

The webinar will be a MS Teams Live event with a series of presentations
and time for a moderated Q&A session.

*Participant information will not be held beyond the date of the webinar
other than summary statistics on categories of participant affiliations
(e.g. academic, NGO, government). All information will be held securely
and not shared with other parties.

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