Online workshop: distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance

Rhona Rodger
Friday 27 January 2023
Start date: 14 August 2023 - End date: 16 August 2023
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you concerned about missing animals on the transect line or point? This is the workshop for you!

Conventional distance sampling methods assume that all animals at zero distance are detected with certainty. However, in some situations this assumption is violated, and some animals are missed, causing a negative bias in the density and abundance estimates.

This occurs on some shipboard surveys of marine mammals, for example, where animals may be missed on the trackline because they are underwater while the survey vessel passes, or because the sea conditions are rough so that even some animals right on the line are missed. Bias due to the former (being underwater and so not available for detection) is often called availability bias and the latter perception bias.

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