Spatial Modelling live-online workshop

Mary Woodcock Kroble
Wednesday 8 April 2020
Start date: 8 June 2020 - End date: 12 June 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The June workshop is now fully subscribed. Details of the next workshop will be available shortly.

Spatially explicit models for distance sampling data: density surface modelling in practice

The workshop is scheduled for 8-12th June 2020, from 17:00-19:00 British Summer Time (BST) // from 12:00-14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) // from 09:00-11:00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)


This online course will cover how to fit spatial models to distance sampling data (“density surface modelling”) in R. This will include:

  • Brief overview of distance sampling
  • Generalized additive models
  • Fitting, checking and selecting density surface models
  • Predicting abundance
  • Making maps

Examples will be based around a line transect survey of sperm whales in the western Atlantic.


The course will consist of 5 live sessions delivered over video-conference. Between these sessions there will be practical R exercises to complete and to assist with these practicals there will be text-based “office hours”, where participants questions can be addressed. Each video-conference session will include time for lecturing and discussion of practical exercises.


You should already know about distance sampling, for example by having taken an introductory workshop in person or online (either interactively or via our free pre-recorded lectures). You should also have some basic R knowledge.

Prior to the course we will running a software test meeting to ensure everyone can participate satisfactorily.

Payment and Registration

The registration fee is 250.00 GBP.

Feel free to contact Dave Miller, [email protected] for more information.

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